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Vol 66, No 1 (2015)
Case report
Submitted: 2015-03-19
Accepted: 2015-03-19
Published online: 2015-03-19
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A “broken heart” on a cruise ship

Christopher Taylor
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2015.0007
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Pubmed: 25792163
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International Maritime Health 2015;66(1):25-27.

open access

Vol 66, No 1 (2015)
MARITIME MEDICINE Case report
Submitted: 2015-03-19
Accepted: 2015-03-19
Published online: 2015-03-19

Abstract

An elderly female cruise ship passenger developed chest pain shortly after an emotionally charged incident involving shipboard authorities. The electrocardiogram and cardiac enzyme profile were indicative of myocardial infarction but the final diagnosis, established after aeromedical evacuation, was stress-related cardiomyopathy. This case is an example of a relatively unknown clinical entity that is easily mistaken for acute myocardial infarction and which may be disproportionately prevalent in the cruise ship passenger population.

Abstract

An elderly female cruise ship passenger developed chest pain shortly after an emotionally charged incident involving shipboard authorities. The electrocardiogram and cardiac enzyme profile were indicative of myocardial infarction but the final diagnosis, established after aeromedical evacuation, was stress-related cardiomyopathy. This case is an example of a relatively unknown clinical entity that is easily mistaken for acute myocardial infarction and which may be disproportionately prevalent in the cruise ship passenger population.

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Keywords

acute chest pain, ischaemic heart disease, cardiac enzymes, electrocardiogram, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, maritime medicine

About this article
Title

A “broken heart” on a cruise ship

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 66, No 1 (2015)

Article type

Case report

Pages

25-27

Published online

2015-03-19

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2015.0007

Pubmed

25792163

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2015;66(1):25-27.

Keywords

acute chest pain
ischaemic heart disease
cardiac enzymes
electrocardiogram
takotsubo cardiomyopathy
maritime medicine

Authors

Christopher Taylor

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