Last updated on February 2018

Establishing the Incidence of Tako-tsubo Cardiomyopathy in Scotland


Brief description of study

Acute stress-induced (Tako-tsubo) cardiomyopathy presents like a heart attack and is triggered by intense emotional or physical stress. Although heart arteries are unobstructed, the risk of death is similar to a heart attack. The purpose of the STARR study is to identify all cases of Tako-tsubo in Scotland since 2010.

Detailed Study Description

Each centre put in place two methods of identification of past Tako-tsubo caes:

  • Each local PI received a NSS list containing CHI numbers of all patients coded under Code I42.8, which is for "Other Cardiomyopathies" in the ICD 10 system.
  • Each local PI also enabled a search method in their cardiac catheterisation reporting software in order to identify remaining cases.

The Research Fellow travels to the designated sites to carry out the following work:

  • Cross-check all electronic records of all CHI numbers returned from the NSS to identify only the Tako-tsubo cases from all cases returned under Code I42.8 to each individual local PI.
  • Carry out searches in the cardiac catheterisation software of each hospital to identify the remaining cases.
  • Identify an equal number of MI controls from within the Grampian area.

We will collect clinical data off all Tako-tsubo patients retrospectively and prospectively. The STARR study will benefit from the unique electronic linkage of health records in Scotland.

The STARR study database will be used as a stepping stone to large epidemiology and mechanistic studies.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03299569

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