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Cardiology Research and Practice
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 351621, 4 pages
Case Report

Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy in a Squash Player

Department of Cardiology, Rangueil University Hospital, 31059 Toulouse, France

Received 6 May 2009; Accepted 27 June 2009

Academic Editor: Vladimír Džavík

Copyright © 2009 Mathieu Berry et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is usually described following acute emotional stress. We report here the case of a 48-year-old woman admitted for acute coronary syndrome after an intensive squash match. Diagnosis of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy due to acute physical stress was suspected in presence of normal coronary arteries and transitory left ventricular dysfunction with typical apical ballooning. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging confirmed regional wall-motion abnormalities and was helpful in excluding myocardial infarction diagnosis. During squash the body is subject to sudden and vigorous demands inducing a prolonged and severe workload on the myocardium.