Transient Long QT Development in a Patient with Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

DOI: 10.1515/jce-2016-0013


QT interval prolongation on the electrocardiogram is considered a precursory sign for im- minent, potentially lethal ventricular arrhythmias. Beside the inherited condition of long QT syndrome, numerous drugs, certain electrolyte disturbances and early transmural ischemia have been identified to induce reversible prolongation of the QT interval, collectively called as acquired long QT syndrome. Herein we describe a case of a patient with transient QT pro- longation and Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a rather infrequent cause of long QT development. Serial changes of the repolarization pattern were documented to demonstrate progression and resolution of the abnormal QT interval.