Diffuse ST-elevation following J-wave presentation as an uncommon electrocardiogram pattern of Tako-Tsubo cardiomyopathy

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Abstract

Background:

Tako-Tsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is characterized by symptoms, ECG changes with elevated cardiac markers mimicking acute myocardial infarction, left ventricular (LV) wall motion abnormalities in the apical region with preserved function of base, and normal coronary arteries. Usual ECG anomalies heralding TTC are ST-elevation in anterior leads, QT prolongation and negative T-waves.

Methods:

We report the unusual case of TTC with an uncommon ECG presentation: J wave in inferior leads followed by diffuse ST-elevation.

Results:

An 82-year-old woman was admitted for dyspnea and chest pain following exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. ECG showed J-wave in inferior leads followed by diffuse ST-elevation. The patient was monitored in intensive care unit and treated with diuretics. Both ECG and echocardiography anomalies gradually recovered.

Conclusions:

Diffuse ST-elevation following J-waves may be considered as a possible ECG pattern of presentation in case of TTC.

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