Acute stress-induced cardiomyopathy is also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy and broken-heart syndrome. It has a dramatic clinical presentation which mimics an acute myocardial infarction and is caused by intense psychological or physical stress, such as the loss of loved one, a serious accident, a sudden illness and etc. This is the reason why the condition is called acute stress-induced cardiomyopathy.
Acute stress-induced cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber. The main signs of it are chest pain and breathlessness after sudden, severe stress.
Features of the disease include:
Abnormal movement in the left ventricle
Enlarged left ventricle
No evidence of coronary artery obstruction
Electrocardiogram abnormalities similar to those of a heart attack
Recovery within a month
Keywords: acute cardiomyopathy