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5 Facts you should know about

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

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A type of non-ischemic cardiomyopathy in which

there is a sudden temporary weakening of cardiac muscle.

2

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.

3

Because of the links to stress,

the condition is sometimes called broken heart syndrome.

4

Ballooning of the left ventricle occurs,

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

5

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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