How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?  - 15-GANN-F3-0094

How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?

Stress (Takotsubo) Cardiomyopathy and EMS

by Jill Lucca, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, FPCNA and Guy H. Haskell, PhD, JD, REMT-P and Anne Marie Meyer, MSN, RN, C-FNP, CCDS
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This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

Price: $5.00
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Stress cardiomyopathy (also known as transient left ventricular apical ballooning syndrome, takotsubo cardiomyopathy or broken heart syndrome) is a condition that mimics a myocardial infarction in the absence of significant coronary artery disease. Stress cardiomyopathy causes a temporary ballooning, or hyperexpansion, of the apical portion of the left ventricle. Broken heart syndrome is a real condition. Even though the incidence is unknown and the pathogenesis is not fully understood, an accurate diagnosis and appropriate medical management are possible after a clinical history and minimally invasive testing. With appropriate diagnosis, treatment is likely to succeed with no long-term complications. Early recognition of the condition and immediate, appropriate care can be instrumental in the recovery of these otherwise healthy people. This module discusses current theories about the origin of stress cardiomyopathy, diagnosis and treatment.


The goal of this stress cardiomyopathy continuing education program is to inform paramedics about the features of and the medical treatments and interventions for stress cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome). After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify signs and symptoms of stress cardiomyopathy
  • Distinguish stress cardiomyopathy from an acute myocardial infarction
  • Describe three implications in the treatment of people with stress cardiomyopathy

Accreditation Information
This course is designed for EMTs and Paramedics.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Basic CEH by OnCourse Learning, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
This course is also approved by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (provider # 50-1489) for 01/28/2016 to 12/01/2016.
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Course Originally Released on: 8/15/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/23/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/25/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Neal H - Huntington Beach, CA  ·  Jul 13, 2018
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J Guadalupe G - Reseda , CA  ·  Jul 04, 2018
The course was very informative.
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Cristina G - Arleta, CA  ·  Jul 04, 2018
relavent to emt recert
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Joshua T - Port Saint Lucie, FL  ·  Jul 02, 2018
This course was very informative.
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janelle t - Anaheim, CA  ·  Jun 29, 2018
good review for a broken heart
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