aka transient apical ballooning syndrome, apical ballooning cardiomyopathy, stress-induced cardiomyopathy, broken-heart-syndrome, and simply stress cardiomyopathy.
- Non-ischemic cardiomyopathy
- Can be triggered by emotional stress, such as the death of a loved one
- Sudden onset of congestive heart failure or chest pain associated with EKG changes suggestive of an anterior wall myocardial infarction
- Bulging out of the left ventricular apex with a hypercontractile base of the left ventricle
- Tako tsubo or octopus trap in Japan, where it was first described
- Provided that the individual survives their initial presentation, the left ventricular function improves within 2 months
- More commonly seen in post-menopausal women