Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy in Intensive Care Unit: Prevention, Diagnosis and Management


  • Hannah Masoud 1. Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, NY 2. St. George’s University, Grenada




Echocardiography, electrocardiography/abnormalities, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, intensive care unit, cardiac magnetic imaging


Accurate diagnosis of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy has substantial prognostic implications in an intensive care unit, given its increased mortality risk and association with life-threatening complications. This report seeks to discuss diagnostic modalities that can be useful in accurately differentiating Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy from Acute Coronary Syndrome, and also briefly discuss prevention and management of this cardiomyopathy in an intensive care unit. For severely critically ill Takotsubo patients with relative contraindications to angiography, intensive clinicians can consider establishing presumptive diagnosis noninvasively by specific electrocardiogram changes, distinctive marked release of cardiac enzymes, characteristic echocardiogram findings, and accurate cardiac magnetic imaging.


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