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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy



A type of non-ischemic cardiomyopathy in which

there is a sudden temporary weakening of cardiac muscle.


Examples of physical stressors that can cause Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

are sepsis, shock, and pheochromocytoma, as well as emotional stressors include bereavement, divorce, or the loss of a job.


Because of the links to stress,

the condition is sometimes called broken heart syndrome.


Ballooning of the left ventricle occurs,

most commonly in the apex (75-80%) or mid-ventricle (10-20%).


The name "Takotsubo" comes from the Japanese word

takotsubo "octopus trap", because the left ventricle of the heart takes on a shape resembling an octopus trap when affected by this condition.

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