Story that broke our medical staff hearts
A 52 years old mother previously healthy, not diabetic or hypertensive came to our ER in ambulance complaining of severe crushing chest pain, it was typical ischemic chest pain (chest pain typical for ischemic heart disease) Her ECG showed ischemic change, her cardiac enzyme was elevated which indicate cardiac cell damage, urgent cardiac angiography done. She had left ventricular (left heart) apical ballooning and that is typical for Broken heart syndrome.
What broke this mom heart?
This caring mother was in intense stress after her only daughter rejected from college, she is a widow so her only daughter is everything to her, she work as a teacher and her daughter grade in school was always good, because of simple mistake in application process her daughter lost her chance, the mother was discussing her case with dean of medical collage when chest pain started then she transferred to our ER immediately.
When staff found out the story all felt sorry for her, people admire her caring for her child and respect her attitude, staff now that this syndrome won;t happen unless there is dramatic stressful event, they well aware that this mother love her daughter more than anything in the world, she develop this syndrome not because her child was hurt or sick its only because her lovely daughter may lost 1 year no going to collage. actually I found nurse crying sympetaly with her, she touched every one heart.
When the mother in CCU (Cardiac Care Unite) I remember that her daughter become very emotional and tell the doctors & nurses that she doesn't want anything in the world but her mother back, she stayed in front of CCU door for 8 hours (all my shift) till visiting time started.
What a beautiful unbreakable relationship between mother & daughter
This story happened before months, this week nurses told me that the mother is fine and she came for follow up in OPD Clinic, she continue her work as teacher and the daughter got a special scholarship in private medical schools, so happy ending for all.
What is broken heart syndrome?
It is sudden weakinig of heart muscles triggered by enormous emotional stress like sudden death of beloved one, relationship break up and others, Any sever stressful event can cause it but it is rare condition, not any one had stress will develop this syndrome.
Sato et al is a Japanese doctor who first describe It was first described it as Takotsubo, it is Japanese words mean octopus pot, because left ventricle shape look like octopus pot in this condition.