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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 83-85

Chronic stress and early recurrence of takotsubo cardiomyopathy: A clinical case

Division of Cardiology, Department of Pathobiology and Biotechnology Medical and Forensic, University of Palermo, Italy

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Giuseppina Novo
Chair and Division of Cardiology, University of Palermo, Via Del Vespro, 127. CAP 90127
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2211-4122.143976

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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is characterized by transient systolic dysfunction of the apical and middle segments of the left ventricle, accompanied by electrocardiographic abnormalities and mild elevation of cardiac biomarker levels in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease. The following case is of a woman suffering from chronic emotional stress with a very early recurrence. An acute trigger event was not detectable in both cases. It is possible to suppose that, in predisposed subjects, chronic stress by increasing sympathetic activity may be considered not only a trigger for TC, but also a negative prognostic factor for early recurrence.

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