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Electrocardiographic J waves as a hyperacute sign of Takotsubo syndrome.
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PMID:  22578876     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Typical electrocardiographic (ECG) signs of acute Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) consist of ST-segment elevation and/or T wave inversion. We report an unusual case of a 62-year-old woman with TTS who acutely exhibited on 12-lead ECG transient J waves preceding ST-T abnormalities. In the experimental model of myocardial ischemia, the appearance of J waves represents an early ECG abnormality and is followed by ST-segment elevation. Because of the similar ECG time course observed in TTS and myocardial ischemia, we speculate that common electrophysiologic mechanisms may account for J waves appearance in these 2 clinical conditions. Our case report shows that recording of ECG J waves in postmenopausal women presenting for acute chest pain may be a sign of an ongoing TTS and suggests a similarity to myocardial ischemia as the pathologic basis.
Alessandro Zorzi; Federico Migliore; Martina Perazzolo Marra; Giuseppe Tarantini; Sabino Iliceto; Domenico Corrado
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of electrocardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-8430     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-5-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0153605     Medline TA:  J Electrocardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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