Illicit Drugs Breaking One Heart at a Time

Ayman Battisha
2019 Journal of Cardiac Critical Care TSS  
AbstractTakotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) is triggered by multiple physical and psychological stressors and frequently mimics acute coronary syndrome. Acute alcohol intoxication as a trigger for TCM has been rarely reported as TCM is usually associated with alcohol withdrawal, not intoxication. The authors report a 41-year-old woman with polysubstance and alcohol abuse history, who presented with acute alcohol intoxication and electrocardiogram demonstrating ventricular tachycardia with syncope.
more » ... dia with syncope. Laboratory parameters revealed elevated Troponin-I and metabolic acidosis. Coronary angiogram was unrevealing for coronary atherosclerosis and she was managed conservatively for acute heart failure from TCM.
doi:10.1055/s-0039-1685133 fatcat:qhyzipwjsrab5nlj7ajfqabn4q