98: “Broken Heart Syndrome” aka Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

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98: “Broken Heart Syndrome” aka Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

March 29, 2024

98: “Broken Heart Syndrome” aka Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as “broken heart syndrome,” is hard to diagnose because its symptoms mimic more common conditions like acute coronary syndrome. This stress-induced cardiomyopathy presents a mysterious challenge to nurses, as you’ll hear in today’s patient story.

Host Sarah Lorenzini shares the case of a patient who went from experiencing shortness of breath and nausea to a serious cardiac emergency. She breaks down the patient’s initial presentation, their quick decline featuring hypoxia and flash pulmonary edema, and ultimate diagnosis of takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

In this episode, Sarah dives into the pathophysiology of takotsubo cardiomyopathy, covering how emotional or physical stress leads to the condition. She goes over its symptoms and treatment, as well as the role of nurses in managing the condition.

Tune in now to find out how you should be handling similar cardiac emergencies!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Takotsubo cardiomyopathy: a patient case study
  • The pathophysiology of takotsubo cardiomyopathy
  • Diagnosing takotsubo cardiomyopathy
  • How to effectively treat takotsubo cardiomyopathy
  • Final takeaways for nurses

Listen to Episode 82: Sympathetic Crashing Acute Pulmonary Edema: That Time My Patient Went From Stable A-Fib RVR to Intubated in 30 Minutes!

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