Broken heart syndrome, also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, can strike even if youre healthy. (Tako tsubo, by the way, are octopus traps that resemble the pot-like shape of the stricken heart.)
Why do they call it broken heart syndrome?
Broken heart syndrome is also called stress cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Takotsubo is the Japanese name for an octopus trapping pot with a wide bottom and narrow neck. The pot resembles the shape of the distressed left ventricle of the heart seen in broken heart syndrome.
How do you treat takotsubo cardiomyopathy?
TreatmentMedications commonly used to treat takotsubo cardiomyopathy include beta-blockers and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor drugs. Anticoagulant drugs that interfere with blood clotting may be administered to avoid a stroke.Complete recovery usually occurs within 1 to 3 months.
How long does Takotsubo cardiomyopathy take to heal?
Most individuals that develop takotsubo cardiomyopathy fully recover within one month, and recurrence is rare. However, complications occur in about 20% of patients.
How do I know if I have Takotsubo cardiomyopathy?
The main symptoms are sudden chest pain, shortness of breath or fainting - usually after feeling severe stress. These symptoms are similar to those of a heart attack, so if you experience these symptoms, call an ambulance straight away (dial 000 if in Australia).