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Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy: Implications for Nursing Practice

Granitto, Margaret H. RN, MSN, CRNP; Norton, Colleen K. RN, PhD, CCRN; Sher, Reut RN, BSN; Baldia, Cristina RN, BSN

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: January/March 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 83–91
doi: 10.1097/TME.0b013e3181cb75b6
Cases of Note

A 67-year-old woman with chest pain, shortness of breath, and electrocardiogram changes presented to the emergency department. Her care is described in terms of differentiating her diagnosis of takotsubo cardiomyopathy from acute myocardial infarction. Prompt recognition, distinguishing features, and advanced practice nursing management are described herein. The importance of astute nursing interventions is also emphasized in this article on takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia.

Corresponding Author: Margaret H. Granitto, RN, MSN, CRNP, Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University, St Mary's Hall, 3700 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20057 (mhg24@georgetown.edu).

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.