, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 558–560 | Cite as

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Presentation with sudden cardiac arrest
  • S. ChadhaEmail author
  • A. Lodha
  • V. Shetty
  • A. Sadiq
  • G. Hollander
  • J. Shani
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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM), also known as apical ballooning syndrome or broken heart syndrome, is a reversible form of acute heart failure that is often triggered by stress or an acute illness and occurs predominantly in postmenopausal women [1]. The clinical presentation of TCM is similar to an acute myocardial infarction, since patients have chest pain, ST-segment elevations, and elevated cardiac enzymes; however, cardiac catheterization reveals a normal coronary circulation. TCM is usually associated with an excellent prognosis and complete recovery [2]. We report a case of TCM where the patient presented with an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.

Case report

A 68-year-old Caucasian female patient with a past medical history of hypertension and diabetes mellitus suddenly collapsed while attending a church sermon. Cardiopulmonary...


Cardiac Arrest Ventricular Fibrillation Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy Myocardial Stunning 
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Tako-Tsubo Kardiomyopathie

Patientin mit plötzlichem Herzstillstand


Conflict of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there are no conflicts of interest.

Supplementary material

Video 1: Right coronary artery ( 0,7MB) (542 kb)
Video 2: Left coronary circulation ( 0,5MB)

Video 3: Left ventriculogram showing the apical ballooning in systole ( 0,7MB)


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© Urban & Vogel 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Chadha
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Lodha
    • 2
  • V. Shetty
    • 2
  • A. Sadiq
    • 2
  • G. Hollander
    • 2
  • J. Shani
    • 2
  1. 1.Internal MedicineMaimonides Medical CenterBrooklyn, NYUSA
  2. 2.CardiologyMaimonides Medical CenterBrooklynUSA

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