Share of Cost, What is Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as stress cardiomyopathy, apical ballooning, or broken heart syndrome, is a temporary heart condition. It has the same symptoms as a heart attack but is not caused by any underlying cardiovascular disease.
Symptoms include chest pain, difficulty breathing, and sudden loss of consciousness.
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy most often affects women between the ages of 61-76. The condition commonly occurs immediately after experiencing extreme emotional or physical stress.
Research suggests that the sudden release of stress hormones temporarily “stuns” and weakens the heart. This stunning leads to inadequate circulation of blood throughout the body.