Transient biventricular apical ballooning: a unique presentation of the "broken heart".

@article{Novak2007TransientBA,
  title={Transient biventricular apical ballooning: a unique presentation of the "broken heart".},
  author={Gregg Novak and Kimberly Kross and Kristy Follmer and Alessandra Brofferio and Jamshid Shirani},
  journal={Clinical cardiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={30 7},
  pages={355-8}
}
Transient left ventricular (LV) apical ballooning and normal epicardial coronary arteries are the hallmarks of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. The syndrome is often triggered by emotional or physiologic stress, and its pathogenesis is poorly understood. Current proposals focus on elevated cathecolamines in association with abnormal coronary artery endothelium, coronary microcirculation or LV geometry. Right ventricular (RV) involvement, as described in our patient, is not reported as a typical… CONTINUE READING