Role of Echocardiography in Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy


  • Ming-Jui Hung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Keelung Branch



cardiomyopathy, echocardigoraphy, takotsubo


Cardiac imaging is the key to make an initial impression of TC and follow-up images confirms the diagnosis of TC. Because of the availability and feasibility in acute medical care, echocardiography plays an important role in the assessment of patients with TC. The diagnosis of TC needs serial echocardiographic evaluation. The ejection fraction is geometric changes of ventricle rather than contractile function measurements of myocardium. Therefore, it is suggested that standard echocardiography combined with 2-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography should be used to evaluate cardiac muscular function especially in TC because the diagnosis needs serial evaluation.


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