Takotsubo cardiomyopathy secondary to intracranial hemorrhage.

Research paper by Mai M Shimada, Jonathan D JD Rose

Indexed on: 31 Jan '15Published on: 31 Jan '15Published in: International Journal of Emergency Medicine


Patients suffering from aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage often present with electrocardiogram (ECG) abnormalities that mimic cardiac ischemia, but documented left ventricular regional wall-motion dysfunction has rarely been reported. This report is intended to raise the awareness of possible ECG changes secondary to subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). We cared for a 55-year-old female with an acute aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, whose evaluation was delayed and complicated by the presence of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM). Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage may induce Takotsubo cardiomyopathy that can present as an acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Physicians need to be aware of this possibility since it can lead to significant delays and treatment options for the patient.