Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy triggered by paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia in an octogenarian

M. Hartmann (Corresponding Author), G.K. van Houwelingen, H.P.C.M. Lambregts, P.M.J. Verhorst, Clemens von Birgelen

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An 82-year-old emotionally stressed woman was admitted with palpitations and chest pain. Her blood pressure was 95/60 mmHg and heart rate 150 beats/min. The electrocardiogram (ECG) showed a regular small QRS-complex tachycardia (Fig. 1a). Serum levels of creatinine (220 μmol/l) and troponin I (0.12 μg/l) were elevated. Intravenous adenosine (6 mg bolus) terminated the tachycardia. After conversion, the ECG showed sinus rhythm with slow precordial R-wave progression (Fig. 1b). The blood pressure returned to normal, and her chest discomfort disappeared. Transthoracic echocardiography showed akinesia/dyskinesia of the mid-apical left ventricular segments, hyperkinesia of the basal segments, and moderately depressed systolic function (Fig. 2a–b). The clinical picture was interpreted as potentially ischaemic. One day later, the chest pain briefly recurred, the ECG showed QT prolongation with negative T waves (Fig. 1c), and coronary angiography (Fig. 1d) revealed no significant stenosis. The patient remained symptom free, troponin levels decreased, and the ECG normalised. Echocardiography on day 5 revealed a fully restored left ventricular function (Fig. 2c–d). The clinical picture was finally interpreted as Tako-Tsubo cardiomyopathy (TTCMP) triggered by paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-54
Number of pages3
JournalNetherlands heart journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • METIS-280455
  • IR-104567
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Coronary Stenos
  • Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Left Ventricular Segment
  • Show Sinus Rhythm


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