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Multiple episodes of a transient global left ventricular dysfunction reminiscent to apical ballooning.

Research paper by Holger M HM Nef, Helge H Mollmann, Achim A Vogt, Michael M Weber, Anja A Deetjen, Thorsten T Dill, Roland R Brandt, Christian W CW Hamm, Albrecht A Elsässer

Indexed on: 07 Sep '06Published on: 07 Sep '06Published in: Cardiology



Abstract

A new cardiac syndrome with transient left ventricular dysfunction has been recently reported and is referred to as Tako-Tsubo cardiomyopathy, which is characterized by a transient akinesia of the apex and compensatory basal hyperkinesis. Today, the etiology remains unknown. We report for the first time of a patient with multiple episodes of a transient global left ventricular dysfunction which is reminiscent to apical ballooning. These episodes were always preceded by severe emotional stress proposing a potential common pathomechanism.