Tissue Doppler deformation imaging identifies myocardial stunning occurring during the Tako-Tsubo syndrome. Case report in a Caucasian patient.

Research paper by G G Pasanisi, A A Laterza, E E Merli, C C Ceconi, R R Ferrari

Indexed on: 29 Aug '06Published on: 29 Aug '06Published in: International Journal of Cardiology


Only a few reports are available on the Tako-Tsubo syndrome in Caucasian patients. The aetiology remains unknown but several pathophysiological mechanisms have been proposed so far. We believe that this condition is not so rare in Caucasian patients because many diagnoses may be missed or misinterpreted. Tissue Doppler evaluation identifies myocardial reversible dysfunction, putatively stunning, at the onset of cardiomyopathy. This can help in diagnosis, prognosis and in choosing the best time for coronary angiography.