Definition of takotsubo cardiomyopathy in US English:

takotsubo cardiomyopathy


  • A condition characterized by sudden dysfunction of the left ventricle of the heart, accompanied by symptoms resembling those of a heart attack but occurring in the absence of significant coronary artery disease. Typically attributed to stressful events, the condition is usually transient.

    ‘he set up one of the first specialist services in the UK to look after people who have experienced takotsubo cardiomyopathy’
    • ‘We recommend the thorough evaluation of possible coronary artery disease in high-risk patients, even upon the strong clinical suspicion of takotsubo cardiomyopathy.’
    • ‘We believe that this case will contribute in part toward clarifying the pathophysiology of takotsubo cardiomyopathy.’
    • ‘They have discovered the stress of hurricanes and earthquakes can trigger a condition known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy.’
    • ‘In 1990, takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) was first discovered and reported by a Japanese cardiovascular specialist.’
    • ‘Interestingly, most cases of takotsubo cardiomyopathy occur in women, often older women from post-menopause age upwards.’
    • ‘In 2006, the American Heart Association included takotsubo cardiomyopathy into its classification of primary acquired cardiomyopathy.’
    • ‘Existing criteria for the diagnosis of takotsubo cardiomyopathy include the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease.’
    • ‘We present what may be the first documented case of takotsubo cardiomyopathy following a thoracic epidural steroid injection.’
    • ‘The authors add that different people's threshold for stress may also affect rates of takotsubo cardiomyopathy.’
    • ‘Although takotsubo cardiomyopathy has been reported to have a favorable outcome, many complications may occur in the acute phase.’


Early 21st century: from Japanese takotsubo ‘pot used to trap octopus’, from tako ‘octopus’ and tsubo ‘pot, jar’, from the resemblance of the ballooning of the heart ventricle characteristic of the condition to the distinctive round-bottomed, narrow-necked form of the pot, and cardiomyopathy.


takotsubo cardiomyopathy

/ˌtɑkəˌtsuboʊ ˌkɑrdioʊˌmaɪˈɑpəθi//ˌtäkəˌtso͞obō ˌkärdēōˌmīˈäpəTHē/