Ellen’s story of living with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Dr. Gupta, I am part of the Takotsubo Support group. I hope sharing my story may be of some help. I am 69 years old and living in Minnesota in the US. I was diagnosed with Takotsubo Cardiomyopothy on January 25, 2018. For the past several months I had been under extreme stress. I suffered a head injury at work and my worker's compensation was denying my claim, which resulted in a loss of income. A [...]

J’s story of living with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Hi Sanjay, I am responding to your request for people who have experienced Takotsubo Syndrome (TTS) to share their story. Sorry but it’s a long one. I am 62 years old and had my episode in early December 2017. At the time I was experiencing my second episode of thyrotoxicosis, having been diagnosed with Graves Disease about 3 years beforehand. The first episode of thyrotoxicosis was managed with c [...]

Laura’s story of living with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

Hi Dr Gupta, Having seen a post on the Takotsubo Facebook page I thought I would share my experience. I was 51 at the time of my attack, which was seven years ago past June. Several weeks prior to my attack I was worrying intensely and always having a knot in my stomach, about a trip my 16yr old son was to take . With hindsight I was experiencing adrenaline surges but just felt this was me always [...]

Terri’s story of living with Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

I was a 57 year old woman working a high stress job, caring for my disabled brother and taking care of my family, including a young granddaughter part-time. On a saturday, after working outside for a few hours, (which usually served to help relax me), I began to feel sick again. Though I had always been able to tolerate heat very well and never seemed to get hot enough; I had recently began to swe [...]

Shayne’s story of living with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy

I was diagnosed with this condition on 9 April 2018. I am a 62y old female and work full time as a practice manager in a health practice. We had a change of manager who instigated workplace changes without consultation and in a rushed manner. I was very affected by the changes and saw my gp who said I had high blood pressure and I was off work for 3 weeks. I have never had high blood pressure till [...]

Elaine’s story of living with Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

Here is my TTS story. I am a female 71 year old and live in Warrington, Cheshire. 14 months ago I was diagnosed with TTS. Prior to my episode I had a good medical record although only 4 years prior was diagnosed with T2 diabetes which I control with diet and exercise. I had a late menopause at 61 and did not take any HRT. I tell you this as it may have a bearing on why I had my TTS. My family hist [...]