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November 2, 2005

Earthquakes and Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(17):2169-2170. doi:10.1001/jama.294.17.2169-b

To the Editor: In their Research Letter on the impact of earthquakes on Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, Dr Watanabe and colleagues1 present new evidence that a sufficiently strong stressor can elicit this syndrome in predisposed patients. In contrast to previous reports, the trigger was a natural catastrophe, and therefore a mass event rather than a private life event such as the death of a relative, an argument, or financial loss.2,3

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