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American Journal of the Medical Sciences:
doi: 10.1097/MAJ.0b013e3181956f49
Case Report

Two Unusual Cases of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy Presenting With Sudden Cardiac Death

Mathew, Boban MD; Villarreal, Daniel MD

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Abstract

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy also known as transient ballooning syndrome is characterized by reversible left ventricular dysfunction with presentation mimicking myocardial infarction. Even though this syndrome has been recognized for nearly 2 decades, cases with atypical features are still being reported. We describe 2 patients who presented to the hospital after cardiac arrest, which is very rare according to previous reports. Although still considered a benign condition, transient ballooning syndrome could be responsible for some of the undiagnosed sudden cardiac deaths in the community, and it may have a worse prognosis than currently recognized. In addition, 1 of our patients also had a previously unreported triggering factor, namely sexual intercourse.

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