Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Inverted takotsubo cardiomyopathy

In an increasing number of reported cases of stress induced cardiomyopathy, as illustrated in this report, it's the base of the heart rather than the apex that balloons. Although sometimes termed inverted takotsubo cardiomyopathy the left ventriculogram, in contrast to typical cases of apical ballooning, does not resemble a Japanese octopus trap. The entire spectrum might better be termed “stress cardiomyopathy.”

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