Tako-Tsubo Cardiomyopathy, Apical Balloon Syndrome, Stress Induced Cardiomyopathy, Broken Heart Syndrome, Cardiomyopathy


Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy is a rare but serious form of heart disease. It present like acute coronary syndrome but, unlike acute coronary syndrome, tako-tsubo is not caused by narrowing in the coronary arteries. This syndrome predominately affects post-menopausal females and is typically associated with a stressful event. The stressful event can be either emotional or physical. The left ventricle is left temporarily stunned from large amounts of catecholamines that are theorized to be present because of the stressful event. The Left Ventricles will typically take on the appearance of an octopus trap or the “tako-tsubo” in Japanese.


The College of Nursing showcases some of our best evidence based scholarly papers from graduate students in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. The papers address relevant clinical problems for advance practice nurses and are based on the best evidence available. Using a systematic approach students critically analyze and synthesize the research studies to determine the strength of the evidence regarding the clinical problem. Based on the findings, recommendations are made for clinical practice. The papers are published in professional journals and presented at professional meetings.

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