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Broken Heart Syndrome Registry & Clinical Studies

Our experts are conducting clinical research to explore new treatments for Takotsubo syndrome.

Takotsubo syndrome, also known as broken heart syndrome, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or stress cardiomyopathy, is a temporary heart condition that is often brought on by a mentally or physically stressful event such as the death of a loved one. People with Takotsubo syndrome may have chest pain and experience symptoms similar to those of a heart attack. These symptoms are the result of a sudden weakening of the muscular portion of the heart and may be related to abnormalities in the parasympathetic nervous system. The condition can develop at any age, but affects women more often than men, commonly in the years after menopause.

At the moment, the best treatment of Takotsubo syndrome is unclear, because randomized trials of different treatments have not yet been performed. In our clinical study, we explore the benefits of deep breathing as an alternative to medicine.

Join Our Takotsubo Syndrome Registry

If you have been diagnosed with Takotsubo syndrome, you are invited to join our Takotsubo syndrome registry. By answering simple questions about your health and quality of life, you help researchers better understand the condition and identify effective treatments. You are eligible to join our registry even if you do not participate in the upcoming clinical study.

Coming Soon: Participate in Our Takotsubo Syndrome Clinical Study

At NYU Langone Health, our cardiac experts want to learn as much as possible about how we can provide effective and compassionate care to people with this condition. Our Takotsubo syndrome clinical study, the Tako-Breathe study, will explore the effectiveness of deep breathing as therapy for people with a past history of broken heart syndrome. Our goal is to learn whether deep breathing makes people feel better, improves the function of the parasympathetic nervous system, or reduces the risk of a future heart event or death.

Contact Us

To learn more about our study, email us at brokenheartstudy@nyulangone.org.

Takotsubo Syndrome Registry

By joining our registry, you can help accelerate the discovery of treatments for Takotsubo syndrome.

About the Takotsubo Syndrome Clinical Study

In our upcoming study, we will explore whether deep breathing is beneficial in patients with Takotsubo syndrome.

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