63-Year-Old Woman With Acute Chest Pain

Vaglio Jr., Joseph C.; Reyburn, Adam M.; Prasad, Abhiram
April 2006
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Apr2006, Vol. 81 Issue 4, p537
Academic Journal
The article describes a case of a patient with acute substernal chest pain and tachycardia. The patient has a history of hypertension, nicotine dependence and paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. Cardiac medications used were 240 mg/d diltiazem and 25 mg/d atenolol. A nondisplaced point of maximal impact and normal heart sounds without murmurs were discovered during cardiac examination. The patient was diagnosed with left ventricular apical ballooning syndrome and was treated with supportive therapy and steadily improved.


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