Apical ballooning syndrome: a case report
1 Department of Cardiology, Polyclinic General Hospital of Athens, 31, L. Porfyra str, Athens, 16673, Greece
2 Department of Cardiology, 251 AirForce General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece
BMC Research Notes 2012, 5:698 doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-698Published: 27 December 2012
Apical ballooning syndrome mimics acute coronary syndromes and it is characterized by reversible left ventricular apical ballooning in the absence of angiographically significant coronary artery stenosis.
This is a case of a 40-year-old Caucasian male without any health related problems that was submitted to an urgent coronary angiography because of acute chest pain and marked precordial T-wave inversions suggestive of acute myocardial ischemia. Coronary angiography showed no significant stenosis of the coronary arteries. Left ventriculography showed systolic apical ballooning with mild basal hypercontraction.
Physicians should be aware of the presentation of apical ballooning syndrome, and the chest pain after following acute stress should not be readily attributed to anxiety.