Cardiomyopathy Takotsubo Publications (3110)


Cardiomyopathy Takotsubo Publications

Hellenic J Cardiol
Hellenic J Cardiol 2016 Nov 16. Epub 2016 Nov 16.
Department of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Physics, Vilnius University, Lithuania.

The natural history, management, and outcome of Takotsubo (stress) cardiomyopathy (TTC) is not clear. The aim of this study was to investigate clinical features, define prognostic predictors, and assess the clinical course and outcomes of patients with TTC.
We analyzed 64 patients (52 women) meeting the proposed Mayo Clinic diagnostic criteria for TTC. Read More

All patients were treated at Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos from 2001-01-01 to 2014-11-27. Data were collected on the basis of medical records and follow-up data was collected by phone.
The mean age of analyzed patients was 63.4 ± 14.6 years; the mean follow-up was 2.9 years. More than half of the patients (52%) did not have any clear stressful triggers. During admission, symptoms such as chest pain (64%) and general weakness (45%) were reported more often than other symptoms. Almost all patients (94%) had the classical TTC form; the remaining 6% of patients had "inverted" TTC. The mean left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) on admission was 37.7% (± 8.2%). A pseudonormal or restrictive pattern of LV filling, moderate to severe mitral regurgitation (MR), and right ventricular involvement were uncommon in the patients. The in-hospital course showed cardiogenic shock in 23% of the cases, resulting in the death of 5 (8%) patients. We discovered that only peak concentration of troponin I was a significant predictor of in-hospital mortality (HR 1.067, 95%CI 1.022-1.113, p=0.003). At the end of the follow-up period, 45 (87%) women and 8 (67%) men were alive. This makes the overall observed mortality at 3 years approximately 17.2%. Using multivariate analysis, elevation of BNP (HR for increase by 10 ng/l 1.002, 95%CI 1-1.003, p=0.022) and cardiogenic shock on admission (HR 8.696, 95%CI 1.198-63.124, p=0.032) were significant predictors of overall mortality. Other prognostic factors assessed on admission were nonsignificant predictors of overall mortality.
Our analysis shows that in-hospital mortality is influenced by the peak concentration of troponin I, and overall mortality is affected by cardiogenic shock and the elevation of BNP during admission. The assessment of troponin I and BNP can help with the prognostication of TTC patients in our daily clinical practice.

Medicine (Baltimore)
Medicine (Baltimore) 2017 Jan;96(1):e5536
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The physiological changes associated with pregnancy may predispose pregnant women to pulmonary edema. Other known causes of pulmonary edema during pregnancy include tocolytic drugs, preeclampsia, eclampsia, and peripartum cardiomyopathy.
We describe a rare case of pulmonary edema caused by takotsubo cardiomyopathy in a pregnant woman at 14 weeks of gestation who was undergoing emergency transvaginal cervical cerclage. Read More

Intraoperative chest radiography revealed severe pulmonary edema and echocardiography indicated moderate left ventricular dysfunction with akinesia of the mid to apical left ventricular wall segment, which is reflective of takotsubo cardiomyopathy.
With early detection and appropriate management, the patient was stabilized in a relatively short period of time. Based on her clinical signs and symptoms, we suspect that the pulmonary edema was caused by takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

Complete improvement of left ventricle (LV) systolic function is an essential feature of takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC). It is suggested that 2-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D STE) can evaluate LV dysfunction more accurately than conventional echocardiography. Thus, the purpose of this research was to assertain whether LV function recovery is complete after the acute phase of TTC using 2D STE commencing 6 months after discharge. Read More

Thirty patients (29 females, 67 ± 11 years) with an apical ballooning TTC pattern 225.5 ± 27.4 days after their index event were enrolled. The control group consisted of 20 (19 females, 64 ± 9 years) age- and sex-matched volunteers without structural heart disease. Classic echocardiographic parameters, longitudinal strain and LV twist parameters were assessed and compared between the groups commencing six months after discharge for follow-up.
There were no differences in traditional LV systolic-, diastolic parameters and in global peak longitudinal strain. In comparison to controls, patients with TTC had lower mean apical rotation (14.4° ± 6.5° vs. 18.3° ± 6.7°; p = 0.048), slower mean peak early diastolic apical rotation rate (-85.1-°/s ± 40.9-°/s vs -119.4-°/s ± 41.9-°/ S: ; p = 0.006) and higher pre-stretch index in the apex (2.16, IQR 0.33-5.50 vs. 0.00, IQR 0.00-2.95, p = 0.008).
The improvement of LV function in patients with TTC as assessed by 2D STE may not always be substantial. Some residual abnormalities in LV apex function were observed in long-term recovery following TTC episodes.

Clin. Chem.
Clin Chem 2017 Jan 10;63(1):223-235. Epub 2016 Oct 10.
Department of Medical Sciences and.

Increased cardiac troponin concentrations in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) identify patients with ongoing cardiomyocyte necrosis who are at increased risk. However, with the use of more precise assays, cardiac troponin increases are commonly noted in other cardiovascular conditions as well. This has generated interest in the use of cardiac troponin for prognostic assessment and clinical management of these patients. Read More

In this review, we have summarized the data from studies investigating the implications of cardiac troponin concentrations in various acute and chronic conditions beyond ACS, i.e., heart failure, myocarditis, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, aortic dissection, supraventricular arrhythmias, valve disease, pulmonary arterial hypertension, stroke, and in the perioperative setting.
Cardiac troponin concentrations are often detectable and frankly increased in non-ACS conditions, in particular when measured with high-sensitivity (hs) assays. With the exception of myocarditis and Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, cardiac troponin concentrations carry strong prognostic information, mainly with respect to mortality, or incipient and/or worsening heart failure. Studies investigating the prognostic benefit associated with cardiac troponin-guided treatments however, are almost lacking and the potential role of cardiac troponin in the management of non-ACS conditions is not defined.
Increased cardiac troponin indicates increased risk for adverse outcome in patients with various cardiovascular conditions beyond ACS. Routine measurement of cardiac troponin concentrations can however, not be generally recommended unless there is a suspicion of ACS. Nonetheless, any finding of an increased cardiac troponin concentration in a patient without ACS should at least prompt the search for possible underlying conditions and these should be managed meticulously according to current guidelines to improve outcome.

Case Rep Cardiol
Case Rep Cardiol 2016 12;2016:5498650. Epub 2016 Dec 12.
Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, FL, USA.

Inverted Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a less common variant in the spectrum of stress-induced cardiomyopathy, is increasingly being reported. This report describes an acute psychiatric illness leading to the onset of this syndrome. The patient presented here developed cardiogenic shock but successfully recovered with the use of a percutaneous left ventricular assist device. Read More

J Asthma
J Asthma 2017 Jan 5. Epub 2017 Jan 5.
a Department of Respiratory Medicine , University Hospital of Larissa, Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly, BIOPOLIS , 41500 , Larissa , Greece.
Am J Emerg Med
Am J Emerg Med 2016 Dec 22. Epub 2016 Dec 22.
Department of Cardiology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA. Electronic address:

51-year-old female who presented with progressive paresthesia, numbness of the lower extremities, double vision, and trouble walking. Physical exam was remarkable for areflexia, and ptosis. Her initial EKG showed nonspecific ST segment changes and her Troponin T was elevated to 0. Read More

41ng/mL which peaked at 0.66ng/mL. Echocardiogram showed a depressed left ventricular ejection fraction to 35% with severely hypokinetic anterior wall and left ventricular apex was severely hypokinetic. EMG nerve conduction study showed severely decreased conduction velocity and prolonged distal latency in all nerves consistent with demyelinating disease. She was treated with 5days of intravenous immunoglobulin therapy to which she showed significant improvement in strength in her lower extremities. Echocardiogram repeated 4days later showing an improved left ventricular ejection fraction of 55% and no left ventricular wall motion abnormalities. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a rare complication of Miller-Fisher syndrome and literature review did not reveal any cases. Miller-Fisher syndrome is an autoimmune process that affects the peripheral nervous system causing autonomic dysfunction which may involve the heart. Due to significant autonomic dysfunction in Miller-Fisher syndrome, it could lead to arrhythmias, blood pressure changes, acute coronary syndrome and myocarditis, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy can be difficult to distinguish. The treatment of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is supportive with beta-blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors are recommended until left ventricle ejection fraction improvement. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a rare complication during the acute phase of Miller-Fisher syndrome and must be distinguished from autonomic dysfunction as both diagnoses have different approaches to treatment.