Trump Cardiomyopathy: A New Form of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

J Card Fail. 2020 Jun 19:S1071-9164(20)30139-1. doi: 10.1016/j.cardfail.2020.05.016. Online ahead of print.


An 84-year-old man developed angina while watching televised coverage of the President Trump impeachment hearings and presented to the emergency department with positive cardiac biomarkers and EKG changes indicative of ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Echocardiogram and coronary angiography were consistent with non-ischemic, 3 vessel coronary artery disease with apical hypokinesis resulting in the diagnosis of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. This case is the first report of politically-induced cardiomyopathy and warrants further evaluation of political stress as an etiology of cardiac events.