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 purpose of this program is to inform nurses, physical therapists and physicians 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
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, EMTs/paramedics, physical therapists and physicians.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 10S1380 for 10/01/10 to 10/01/11, 11S1507 for 10/02/11 to 10/02/12, 12S1706 for 10/02/12 to 10/02/13; 13S1852 for 10/03/13 to 10/03/14; 14S1713 for 10/04/14 to 10/04/15; 15S2272 for 10/05/15 to 10/05/16); the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP100015867, exp. date 12/31/10; CP110015871 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CE120017780 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019698 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021442 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE16-26729for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16); Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 3449 for 10/01/10 to 09/30/11, 4021 for 10/01/11 to 09/30/12, 4547 for 10/01/12 to 09/30/13, 5240 for 10/01/13 to 09/30/14; 5806 for 10/01/14 to 09/30/15) for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement; the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002697 for 12/14/11 to 12/31/12, PTCE003862 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 633-2010, exp. date 1/31/12; 96-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 193-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-364 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 10/06/11 to 10/06/15; 12/14/15 to 12/14/19 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 10/25/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-3533 for 10/01/10 to 10/01/11, 437-3980 for 10/01/11 to 10/01/12, 437-4512 for 10/01/12 to 10/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
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