Question: Can takotsubo be fatal?

IF YOU thought dying from a broken heart was just an old romantic cliche, think again – it can actually be a medical condition which, in some cases, can be fatal. Broken heart syndrome, or Takotsubo syndrome, can be brought on by extreme emotional stress, sometimes resulting in heart failure.

Is takotsubo cardiomyopathy fatal?

Death is rare, but heart failure occurs in about 20% of patients. Rarely reported complications include arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), obstruction of blood flow from the left ventricle, and rupture of the ventricle wall.

Is takotsubo life threatening?

It may follow severe emotional, physical, and neurologic stressors, in our rare case, grand mal seizures (0.2 % of all takotsubo disease patients). Also rare are life-threatening complications.

Can takotsubo syndrome be cured?

There are no known treatments for preventing broken heart syndrome. However, learning stress management and problem-solving techniques can help improve physical and emotional stress.

What is the treatment for Takotsubo cardiomyopathy?

Medications commonly used to treat takotsubo cardiomyopathy include beta-blockers and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor drugs. These drugs promote heart muscle recovery. Anticoagulant drugs that interfere with blood clotting may be administered to avoid a stroke.

What happens during Tako-tsubo?

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) is generally a short-term (temporary) type of heart condition. It can be triggered by an intense emotional or physical stress. It causes sudden chest pain or shortness of breath. The symptoms of TCM can look like a heart attack.

What does takotsubo cardiomyopathy feel like?

The main symptoms are sudden chest pain, shortness of breath or fainting - usually after feeling severe stress. These symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack, so if you experience these symptoms, call an ambulance straight away (dial 000 if in Australia).

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