TAKOTSUBO SYNDROME IS A COMPLICATION OF ACUTE ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL
Amin Ahminedache*, M.D, Saeed Hatem, M.D, Honoré Kabuya Buana and Mohammed Cherti, M.D.
Acute alcohol withdrawal (AAW) breaks the neuroadaptive mechanisms to chronic alcoholism resulting in a hyper adrenergic environment, which is a breeding ground for the occurrence of Takotsubo (TTS) syndrome and life threatening ventricular arrhythmias. We report a case of a 49-year-old woman who presented TTS following AAW complicated by acute heart failure and ventricular arrhythmias with a brief review of the literature on the subject.
Keywords: Acute alcohol withdrawal, Stress cardiomyopathy, takotsubo syndrome, cathecolamines.
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