Full recovery of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (apical ballooning) in two days

Ingo Eitel*, Christian Lücke, Florian Behrendt, Mahdi Sareban, Matthias Gutberlet, Gerhard Schuler, Holger Thiele

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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is a new clinical entity characterised by acute but rapidly reversible left ventricular systolic dysfunction. This case report demonstrates the unique finding of a complete normalization of left ventricular function in a patient with TTC in only 36 h documented by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. To our best knowledge, this is the most rapid complete recovery of left ventricular apical ballooning reported, yet. Medical management of our patient included optimized antihypertensive therapy with intravenous administration of the α-1-adrenergic blocker urapidil and the ß-blocker bisoprolol in highest recommended doses. Although optimal management of TTC has not been established, α- and β-blockade may be beneficial for rapid recovery of TTC and may be protective against the recurrence of stress-related left ventricular dysfunction due to acute and sudden catecholamine excess.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)e51-e53
Publication statusPublished - 03.09.2010

Research Areas and Centers

  • Centers: Cardiological Center Luebeck (UHZL)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-12 Cardiology, Angiology

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