Correlation between takotsubo cardiomyopathy and SARS-CoV-2 infection

Lukasz Szarpak, Krzysztof Jerzy Filipiak, Aleksandra Gasecka, Michal Pruc, Anna Drozd, Milosz Jaroslaw Jaguszewski

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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTS), known as stress cardiomyopathy, is a rare disorder characterized by acute and transient left ventricular systolic and diastolic dysfunction, often associated with a stressful, emotional or physical event. TTS may be closely related to SARS-CoV-2 infection and the ongoing pandemic. The enormous emotional stress caused by the pandemic and respiratory infections caused by SARS-CoV-2 could be potential triggers for TTS. The case series cited above implicates that TTS should be considered in the differential diagnosis across the entire spectrum of myocardial injury in SARS-CoV-2 infected patients. Myocardial damage associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection is usually attributed to sepsis, hypoxemia, coronary artery disease, and myocarditis. We hypothesize that TTS may also play a role among these lesions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number110454
JournalMedical hypotheses
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Kawasaki disease
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Takotsubo cardiomyopathy
  • Toxic shock syndrome

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