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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy associated with dydrogesterone use
  1. Adam Ioannou
  1. Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Adam Ioannou; adamioannou14{at}


Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is characterised by left ventricular apical ballooning, in the absence of coronary artery disease, and classically occurs at times of intense stress. Due to the striking preponderance of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy occurring in postmenopausal women, it has been postulated that female sex hormones may also be implicated in its pathogenesis. This case report describes the first case of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy associated with the initiation of dydrogesterone (a synthetic retroprogesterone) in a premenopausal woman.

  • cardiovascular medicine
  • heart failure
  • drugs and medicines
  • obstetrics
  • gynaecology and fertility

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