Harvard Heart Letter

A different kind of heart attack

Classic heart attack symptoms—severe chest pressure, chest heaviness, or chest pain—most often arise from a blockage in a coronary artery that prevents blood from reaching the heart muscle. But a lesser-known condition called takotsubo cardiomyopathy can produce the same sudden heart symptoms even when the coronary arteries are clear. Although the condition is often reversible, it can be dangerous.
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