Broken Heart Syndrome Versus Myocarditis

Researchers from the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai have discovered that the stress-related heart condition Takotsubo cardiomyopathy carries a significantly greater risk of death than myocarditis, a condition previously thought to be the more serious of the two. Their study, published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association, could inspire physicians to take more time distinguishing between these conditions.

An illustration by Carlo Giambarrresi of a heart surrounded by barbed wire depicting broken heart syndrome.
 Alan Kwan, MD, a cardiac imaging specialist in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai.

 Alan Kwan, MD