Broken Heart Syndrome | Takotsubo Syndrome (TTS) - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Simi Paknikar
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Simi Paknikar, MD
Last Updated on Apr 07, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for broken heart syndrome?

You should consult your family physician who will refer you to a heart specialist.

2. What are the other names for broken heart syndrome?

The alternate names for broken heart syndrome are stress-induced cardiomyopathy and apical ballooning syndrome.

3. What is the prevalence of broken heart syndrome?

The prevalence of broken heart syndrome in the world is 0.02% approximately.

4. What is Reverse Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy?

Reverse Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy is a very rare form of broken heart syndrome where the presentation of the patient is different from regular broken heart syndrome. In such cases, patients display symptoms at an earlier age than those with regular broken heart syndrome.

There is an increased involvement of the heart muscle, higher biomarker levels, less fluid accumulation in the lungs, and reduced shortness of breath. Stress plays a very critical role as a cause for Reverse Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. Despite abnormal ECG recordings, the coronary arteries are normal.

5. Can I die of broken heart syndrome?

Yes, the broken heart syndrome may cause death. The contraction of heart can lead to complete cardiac failure, but the chances are very less.

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