A 65-year-old woman was transferred to our Cardiology Department due to a syncope in the sitting position, without prodromes and with mandibular trauma, after a 30-minute walk. Apart from dyslipidemia, she had no other cardiovascular risk factors, being physically active. She was under emotional stress due to her father's recent death. Physical examination was unremarkable except for a small bruise on the jaw. First electrocardiogram showed sinus tachycardia, 120/min, 1 mm ST-elevation in aVL and a less than 1 mm ST-depression in the inferior leads. Troponin T was elevated (maximum value of 519 pg/ml; reference value of <14 pg/ml). Transthoracic echocardiogram showed a mild depression on the left ventricular (LV) systolic function (LV ejection fraction of 45%) with severe hypokinesia of all midventricular segments. Coronariography revealed no significant coronary lesions and ventriculography unveiled an akinesia of all LV median segments, with preserved contractility of basal and apical segments (Fig.), compatible with the diagnosis of the midventricular variant of Takotsubo Syndrome (TTS). She initiated medical therapy and had no complications during hospitalization. She was discharged medicated with bisoprolol 2.5 mg, ramipril 2.5 mg and atorvastatin 40 mg.
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Published online: October 22, 2022
Accepted: October 17, 2022
Received: January 6, 2022
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