Takatsubo’s Cardiomyopathy

Takatsubo’s cardiomyopathy was first diagnosed in 1990 in Japan. It is a condition where the heart muscle becomes suddenly weakened or stunned. The condition is temporary, and those who are diagnosed with this condition often recover within two months.

Who is at risk?

hose who seem to suffer most often from Takatsubo’s cardiomyopathy are women who have already gone through menopause, generally from the ages of 50 to 75. Often, those who suffer from Broken Heart Syndrome have experienced some emotional trauma or health issue.

  • Death of a loved one
  • Serious accident
  • Major argument
  • Domestic violence
  • Unexpected illness
  • Asthma attack
  • Drop in blood pressure

What It Looks Like

With Takatsubo’s cardiomyopathy, the left ventricle gets enlarged. This causes the symptoms to mimic those of a heart attack. Sufferers will often complain of a shortness of breath, sudden chest pain, or fainting spells when they are under extreme stress.

What are the Treatment Options?

Because Takatsubo’s cardiomyopathy resolves itself, no known treatment for this syndrome exists. Often, people who present the symptoms are initially treated like someone who has had a heart attack, being given blood thinners or aspirin. Some doctors may give medication to help reduce the stress on the muscle of the heart, but thus far, the best treatment is allowing the heart muscle to heal. The heart will generally recover in several weeks.