Fast Five Quiz: Broken-Heart Syndrome

Yasmine S. Ali, MD


January 30, 2023

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as broken heart syndrome and stress cardiomyopathy, is a sudden, transient form of nonischemic cardiomyopathy. Characterized in most cases by left ventricular apical akinesis, it mimics acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Although patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy require admission to the appropriate cardiology service, treatment options are largely empiric and supportive. Most patients completely recover within 4-8 weeks. Significant complications occur in about 20% of cases, particularly during early stages. Are you aware of critical signs, symptoms, and risk factors as well as medications for reducing recurrence? Test yourself with this short quiz.


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