Takotsubo syndrome (TTS), previously called Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and stress cardiomyopathy, is an acute form of regional heart failure that usually mimics acute myocardial infarction. TTS is often precipitated by catecholamine release associated with an acute emotional and/or physical stressor such as critical illness. We describe a case of TTS following discharge from the ICU to a general ward. The medical emergency response team was called twice to the patient while on the general ward before she was readmitted to the ICU. This case indicates that the risk of developing TTS is not confined to the acute phase of a critical illness. Given that TTS may be associated with serious haemodynamic instability and/or respiratory deterioration, clinicians need to be aware that such deterioration, even following transfer from the ICU, may be due to TTS.
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