Kristie Harris, PhD, on the Relationship Between Takotsubo Syndrome and Modifiable Lifestyle Factors


In this podcast, Kristie Harris, PhD, discusses her findings on the association of physical activity, smoking, alcohol use, and caffeinated coffee consumption with Takotsubo syndrome. Does the use of psychostimulants play a role in the syndrome’s pathophysiology? Here is what she says.


Additional Resources:

  • Harris KM, Rosman L, Burg MM, Salmoirago-Blotcher E. Modifiable lifestyle factors in women with Takotsubo syndrome: a case-control study [published online March 18, 2020]. Heart Lung. doi:10.1016/j.hrtlng.2020.03.001
  • Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Rosman L, Wittstein IS, et al. Psychiatric history, post-discharge distress, and personality characteristics among incident female cases of takotsubo cardiomyopathy: a case–control study [published online August 20, 2016]. Heart Lung. doi:10.1016/j.hrtlng.2016.07.008

  • Rosman L, Dunsiger S, Salmoirago-Blotcher E. Cumulative impact of stressful life events on the development of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Ann Behav Med. 2017;51(6):925-930. doi:10.1007/s12160-017-9908-y


Kristie Harris, PhD, is a postdoctoral associate for cardiovascular behavioral medicine with the Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine.