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Stress Cardiomyopathy/ Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

Stress Cardiomyopathy/ Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy - Diagnosis

The doctor will perform an initial evaluation on the patient before ordering tests to check for stress cardiomyopathy.  

Some initial diagnostic tests can include: 

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG): This measures your heart’s electrical activity which can differentiate between stress cardiomyopathy and a heart attack. 
  • Coronary angiography: This is a minimally invasive test which is done to rule out the possibility of a heart attack. A dye will be injected into the blood vessels of the heart before moving X-ray images are taken. Patients suffering from a heart attack often have obstructions in their blood vessels, which can be seen in the X-ray. However, those suffering from stress cardiomyopathy usually do not have blocked blood vessels. 
  • Echocardiogram: This is an ultrasound scan for assessment of heart function.
  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): This creates detailed images of the heart structure, and may help to differentiate stress cardiomyopathy from other conditions that can cause a weak heart function. 

Stress Cardiomyopathy/ Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy - Preparing for surgery

Stress Cardiomyopathy/ Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy - Post-surgery care

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