Dr Angela Kucia, senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia, coordinates the postgraduate Cardiovascular Nursing courses
Takotsubo is a type of cardiomyopathy - a disease of the heart muscle. It causes the heart to balloon (become enlarged) and weakened, and so it works less well than normal. This can lead to symptoms such as chest pain that can feel like a heart attack.
"Since 2013, when I had my Takotsubo attack, I have spoken to many patients worldwide, who were looking for advice and wanting to share their experiences as there is so little information on Takotsubo out there."
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or "Broken Heart Syndrome" is when the heart muscle becomes suddenly stunned or weakened.
Broken heart syndrome is a form of acute heart failure caused by intense emotional stress, mostly affecting post-menopausal women.
Researchers have found that the effects of "broken heart syndrome" may be more serious than previously thought.