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Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy Followed by Neurogenic Stunned Myocardium in the Same Patient: Gradations of the Same Disease?
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PMID:  21659779     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a phenomenon of transient acute left ventricular dysfunction without obstructive coronary disease seen predominantly in postmenopausal women in the setting of acute emotional or physical stress. Neurocardiogenic injury from acute neurologic events such as intracranial bleeding can precipitate transient left ventricular dysfunction (termed 'neurogenic stunned myocardium') that may be indistinguishable from takotsubo cardiomyopathy. There is controversy about the diagnosis of takotsubo cardiomyopathy in the setting of acute neurologic disorders. We describe a case of a 67-year-old female who initially presented with takotsubo cardiomyopathy due to an acute gastrointestinal illness and 4 years later developed a recurrence in the setting of an ischemic cerebrovascular accident that was associated with more prominent EKG changes and much higher cardiac biomarker release but similar degree of left ventricular dysfunction. This case suggests that susceptibility to this disorder is likely due to patient-specific factors rather than etiology, and acute neurologic disorders should be included as precipitants of takotsubo cardiomyopathy. We also theorize that there may be patients with milder forms of stress-related cardiac injury who do not develop left ventricular dysfunction, being similar to the wide range of cardiac manifestations in patients with acute neurologic disorders. We review published literature on neurologic precipitants of takotsubo cardiomyopathy.
Amit S Dande; Amrita S Pandit; Ira D Galin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-6-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cardiology     Volume:  118     ISSN:  1421-9751     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-6-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1266406     Medline TA:  Cardiology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  175-178     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Danbury Hospital, Danbury, Conn., USA.
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