Background. Tako-tsubo cardiomypathy is a relatively novel heart syndrome characterized by acute onset of reversible
left ventricular apical ballooning, in the absence of significant epicardial artery stenosis that mimics acute coronary
syndromes. The most common clinical presentations are chest pain and dyspnoea, frequently preceded by an episode
of emotional or physiologic stress, ST-segment elevation or T wave changes in the precordial leads, minor
cardiac biomarker release, and transient wall-motion abnormalities involving the left ventricular apex and mid-ventricle
despite the absence of obstructive epicardial coronary artery disease. The syndrome more often affects postmenopausal
women. The in-hospital course is uncomplicated; mortality rate seems to be low, as does the risk for recurrence.
Methods and Results. In this paper, we present case series of 6 consecutive patients admitted to our institution with
acute onset of transient left ventricular apical ballooning in the absence of epicardial coronary artery involvement.
Conclusions. Demographic characteristics, clinical features and course of disease were consistent with description of
tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy, transient apical ballooning syndrome, left ventricular dysfunction, acute