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Heart & lung


The prevalence of takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) has been on the rise, but co-occurrence with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HOCM) remains rare. Although presenting patient demographics were similar to those in TCM, the potential for hemodynamic compromise was significantly compounded by the presence of underlying HOCM. Management was similar to standalone TCM, although use of inotropic agents and mechanical support appears to be more prevalent. Despite the increased potential for complications and the paucity of data regarding management, outcomes appear to be mostly favorable in both the hospitalization period and at follow-up. Interestingly, despite a new diagnosis of HOCM in about half the cases described, which signifies no significant left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) gradient prior to TCM, half of those patients had a persistently elevated LVOT gradient after resolution of TCM. This poses a question of whether or not TCM can predispose to LVOT obstruction in HOCM patients even after its resolution.

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Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic; Heart; Hemodynamics; Humans; Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy; Ventricular Outflow Obstruction

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