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David Ritchie, Terren Trott, Joe Bryant, Seth Stearley, Brian Adkins
BACKGROUND: First described in Japanese literature in 1991, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM), or "broken heart" syndrome, continues to be described in novel circumstances. Commonly mistaken for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) due to similar clinical symptoms and electrocardiogram changes, it usually affects postmenopausal women and those in acute emotional or physical stress. Named for the resemblance of apical ballooning and dyskinesis to the Japanese octopus trap, the pathogenesis is poorly understood...
October 2013: Journal of Emergency Medicine
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