What Is Acute Stress-Induced Cardiomyopathy?

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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     Relatde FAQs: http://healthtopquestions.com/?p=4434   http://healthtopquestions.com/?p=4457
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