Transient Left Ventricular Apical Ballooning

McCulloch, Brenda
December 2007
Critical Care Nurse;Dec2007, Vol. 27 Issue 6, p20
Academic Journal
The article discusses the triggers, symptoms and management of transient left ventricular apical ballooning, the abrupt dilatation of the left ventricle in postmenopausal women. The cause is unknown but reported triggers include depression, epilepsy and hypoglycemia. The symptoms include chest pains, hypotension and other symptoms similar to acute myocardial infarction but are not caused by coronary artery disease. Echocardiography and antiarryhythmic drugs for acute complications are recommended.


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