At first appointment with my Cardiologist at end of April it was suggested my recent Heart Failure was caused by stress. I am not surprised as I had previously been diagnosed with acute stress, anxiety etc when I have had tingling fingers/arm and chest pain. I have run on pure adrenaline for decades... caring for those around me to detriment of my own health.
During my recent pre op assessment for the requested Angiogram (they want to double check to make sure) and planned second Echo the nurse actually used the words "takotsubo cardiomyopathy". Not shocked as I did have major heartbreak at end of 2017 and symptoms got increasingly worse till picked up at a previous pre op assessment in February (op now postponed indefinitely).
I have been told to relax, chill, try to rest my mind and body but not happening... my mum passed away at beginning of May adding to my stress levels.
I am being kept in after Angio on 25th as no one to check on me and to make sure I have the test, I don't really want it done as I no longer care about the outcome.
I am off all medications as all the side effects from 3 different meds made me so ill, something I am not while un-medicated.
Does anyone have any experience with takotsubo cardiomyopathy?
Everything I read suggests a short recovery period after an acute attack but I am still experiencing the tingling, palpitations, chest pain and breathlessness on a regular basis.
My heart is still breaking over losing my love, my health and then my mum so can't see it recovering ever.