Tako-tsubo Cardiomyopathy following Bronchial Asthma Attack
Keywords:Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy, bronchial asthma attack
AbstractTakotsubo cardiomyopathy(TCM) is a reversible cardiomyopathy characterized by left ventricular dysfunction due to transient left ventricular apical hypokinesia or akinesia and basal hyperkinesis following some trigger factors like physical or emotional stressful events and may mimic myocardial infarction especially in middle age females. Pathophysiology of TCM is not clear but it is associated with excessive adrenergic stimulation[1-3]. TCM is usually precipitated by acute physical and emotional stresssors, use of exogenous
catecholamines or exacerbation of chronic illnesses like asthma attack. We report a case of TCM after an asthma attack as a potential stressor. This is an interesting association between asthma attack and TCM.
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