2020, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 3 – 7

Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy: A Brief Review


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Authors and Affiliations

Corresponding author: Hilman Zulkifli Amin, MD, PhD Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia, Jl. Salemba Raya No. 6, Jakarta, Indonesia, 10430. Phone: +6281294053354. Email: hilman_amin@yahoo.co.id


Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a reversible cardiomyopathy with a unique morphological feature of the left ventricle characterized by an apical ballooning appearance known for approximately known 25 years. Catecholamine drive plays an essential role in the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy; hence, it is also called stress cardiomyopathy. Physical stress could also have an impact and leads to a greater variety of characteristics in Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

Supportive and symptomatic medication remains the mainstay therapy with priority to improving the function of the left ventricle for several days and full recovery in 3-4 weeks. Due to its similarity with myocardial infarction, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy requires careful diagnosis and management for the best possible outcome.


About this article

PMC ID: 7175432
PubMed ID: 32341693
DOI: 10.25122/jml-2018-0067

Article Publishing Date (print): Jan-Mar 2020
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ISSN Printing: 1844-122X
ISSN Online: 1844-3117
Journal Title: Journal of Medicine and Life

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