Intra-aortic balloon pump
If medications are not enough to control your condition, your doctor may recommend an intra-aortic balloon pump. We implant this device using a minimally invasive procedure. An interventional cardiologist uses a thin wire to guide a special balloon pump through the aorta (the body’s largest artery). The inserted pump helps the heart push blood more effectively to the body.
Ventricular assist device (VAD)
In rare cases, severe takotsubo cardiomyopathy may lead to significant heart failure and require a more advanced intervention such as a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).This mechanical pump helps the heart function and maintains blood flow. Stanford surgeons are internationally recognized for their expertise in this treatment, much of which was pioneered here at Stanford.
Lifestyle changes to reduce stress
High stress is linked to takotsubo cardiomyopathy. In fact, the condition is sometimes called “stress-induced cardiomyopathy.” Most people do not have a recurrence of the condition, but it can happen. After you recover, the behavioral psychologists in our Cardiac Behavioral Medicine Program can teach you healthy ways to handle stress, as well as mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques to help prevent recurrence.
Comprehensive support services
Dealing with broken heart syndrome can be a frightening experience, and some people develop depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In conjunction with your follow-up cardiology visits, our Cardiac Behavioral Medicine Program offers one-on-one counseling and support groups.