Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy as a Sequela of Elective Direct-Current Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation
Tex Heart Inst J
In takotsubo cardiomyopathy, the clinical appearance is that of an acute myocardial infarction in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease, with apical ballooning of the left ventricle. The condition is usually precipitated by a stressful physical or psychological experience. The mechanism is unknown but is thought to be related to catecholamine excess. We present the case of a 67-year-old woman who experienced cardiogenic shock caused by takotsubo cardiomyopathy, immediately after undergoing elective direct-current cardioversion for atrial fibrillation. After a course complicated by left ventricular failure, cardiogenic shock, and ventricular tachycardia, she made a complete clinical and echocardiographic recovery In addition to this case, we discuss the possible direct effect of cardioversion in takotsubo cardiomyopathy.
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School of Medicine; Northwell Health