Airway & Respiratory, Patient Care

Rare Cardiomyopathy Caught on Tape

The left ventricle contracts in an exaggerated way, halfway down its length, in these ventriculogram (dye injected through a catheter into the left ventricle) videos of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Note that during systole, when the left ventricle contracts, the distal part of the ventricle balloons outward rather than squeezing down like the base of the ventricle.

Check out a second Takotsubo video.

To read more about Takotsubo and more common cardiomyopathies, check out “Broken Heart Syndrome” in March JEMS.