Stress-induced cardiomyopathy associated with a transfusion reaction: A case of potential crosstalk between the histaminic and adrenergic systems EXPERIMENTAL & CLINICAL CARDIOLOGY Zhou, J. Q., Choe, E., Ang, L., Schnittger, I., Rockson, S. G., Tremmel, J. A., Haddad, F. 2011; 16 (1): 30-32


The adrenergic and histaminergic systems have been reported to have analogous effects on the heart. A case of transient ventricular dysfunction with echocardiographic findings characteristic of stress-induced cardiomyopathy (also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy) in a patient who had an urticarial transfusion reaction is described. The effect of histamine on ventricular function and its interaction with the adrenergic system are discussed.

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