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Differences and Similarities of Repolarization Patterns During Hospitalization for Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy and Acute Coronary Syndrome.
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PMID:  24012034     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is characterized by an acute transient left ventricular systolic dysfunction mimicking acute coronary syndrome (ACS) without significant coronary stenosis. The aim of this study was to examine the electrocardiographic repolarization patterns of TC and ACS and to compare them from hospital admission to hospital discharge. Forty-five patients with TC were matched with 45 patients with ACS according to age, gender, and presence or absence of ST elevation at hospital admission. A complete 12-lead electrocardiography was performed within 12 hours after symptoms onset and then repeated after 3, 5, and 7 days. All patients underwent coronary angiography, and patients with ACS also underwent percutaneous revascularization. Within 12 hours from the symptoms' onset, patients with TC had a significantly fewer number of leads with ST elevation and a significantly more number of leads with T-wave inversion. These differences, however, were not present after 72 hours and a similar trend was seen over time during the 7-day follow-up. Patients with TC had a significant longer corrected QT interval at admission and during the whole follow-up. In conclusion, in the electrocardiograms collected 12 hours within symptoms onset, patients with TC and those with ACS showed significant differences in cardiac repolarization. However, the number of leads with either ST-segment deviation or T-wave alterations in patients with TC soon matched the ACS group undergoing percutaneous revascularization. In contrast, corrected QT interval was persistently longer in patients with TC and, despite a similar reduction in length over time in both groups, it was still significantly longer after 7 days.
Federico Guerra; Edlira Rrapaj; Giulia Pongetti; Azzurra Fabbrizioli; Valentina Pelizzoni; Irene Giannini; Daniela Aschieri; Carlo Costantini; Alessandro Capucci
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-9-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-1913     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-9-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Cardiology and Arrhythmology Clinic, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy. Electronic address:
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