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Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy precipitated by alcohol withdrawal.

Authors
  • Yazdan-Ashoori, Payam
  • Nichols, Robert
  • Baranchuk, Adrian
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cardiology journal
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2012
Volume
19
Issue
1
Pages
81–85
Identifiers
PMID: 22298173
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A 57 year-old woman with no history of cardiac disease presented to the emergency department with confusion and seizures secondary to alcohol withdrawal. Elevated troponin levels and an electrocardiogram demonstrating global T-wave inversions prompted coronary angiography, which revealed coronary vessels free of significant disease. An echocardiogram showed both hypokinesis of the left-ventricular mid-segments with apical involvement and a hyperkinetic base consistent with tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM). Several clinical conditions have been reported as triggers of TCM. We report a case of TCM in a post-menopausal woman that was precipitated by alcohol withdrawal.

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