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What is stress cardiomyopathy "broken heart syndrome"?

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Dr. Patrick Callahan
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Temporary weak heart

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy: a weakening of the heart often associated with emotional stress.
Not resulting from a coronary problem a ballooning of the apex of the heart is seen with poor function. May be very sick at presentation but with supportive care (sometimes requiring balloon pump) usually recover. Medications that stimulate the heart (inotropes) may actually make the situation worse.

In brief: Temporary weak heart

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy: a weakening of the heart often associated with emotional stress.
Not resulting from a coronary problem a ballooning of the apex of the heart is seen with poor function. May be very sick at presentation but with supportive care (sometimes requiring balloon pump) usually recover. Medications that stimulate the heart (inotropes) may actually make the situation worse.
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