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When a broken heart is real: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Pore, Nichole MSN, ACNP-BC; Burley, Michael MD, FACC

Nurse Practitioner:
doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000408501.19554.c6
Feature: CARDIOVASCULAR CARE
Abstract

Abstract: Takosubo cardiomyopathy is a rare but reversible type of cardiomyopathy that often mimics symptoms of acute coronary syndromes. It is essential that NPs differentiate the causes because treatment strategies vary.

In Brief

Rare but reversible, this syndrome can be mistaken for other cardiac events. NPs must know how to differentiate the causes because treatment strategies vary.

Author Information

Nichole Pore is an acute care nurse practitioner for a nephrology practice and Michael Burley is an interventional cardiologist at Sharon (Pa.) Regional Health System. Dr. Burley also is an assistant professor of medicine in the College of Medicine at North Eastern Ohio University in Ravenna, Ohio.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

Reprinted with permission from: Pore N, Burley M. When a broken heart is real: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Nurs Crit Care. 2012 7(1):22–27.

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© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.