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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy presenting with dyspnea.
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PMID:  19301382     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC), or "broken heart syndrome", is an increasingly recognized condition that mimics acute myocardial infarction with morphologically characteristic left ventricular dysfunction in the absence of coronary artery disease. TC is seen almost exclusively in postmenopausal women following extreme emotional or physiologic stress. Although most patients present with chest pain, limited data suggest that African American patients with TC tend to present with atypical symptoms such as dyspnea or nausea. We present a 57 year-old African American female with TC who presented with severe dyspnea following the shooting death of her son. Added to existing data, our case alerts clinicians to consider Takotsubo syndrome in African American patients with atypical presentation.
Stephanie P Pezzo; Gregory Hartlage; Charles M Edwards
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of hospital medicine : an official publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1553-5606     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hosp Med     Publication Date:  2009 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-25     Completed Date:  2009-06-29     Revised Date:  2010-06-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101271025     Medline TA:  J Hosp Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  200-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
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(c) 2009 Society of Hospital Medicine.
Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida 33629, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans
Diagnosis, Differential
Dyspnea / physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction
Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Ventricular Dysfunction, Left

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