Useful Links

The links provided here and throughout our website are independent from the Takotsubo Network. The Takotsubo Network has no control over the content on that website and does not endorse or accept any responsibility for the content or use of such website. We would appreciate feedback on the usefulness of sites listed, including advice on links that are no longer active.


American Heart Association (AHA) is a nationwide voluntary health organisation composed of science and lay volunteers and supported by professional staff with the goal of improving heart health and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The AHA funds research though donations and is a good source of information about heart health, scientific guidelines, positions and statements, and new research. There is information on various cardiac conditions and procedures that is easy to understand and suitable for non-professional health consumers, but there is little on takotsubo syndrome currently.

British Heart Foundation (BHF) is a charity dedicated to fighting heart disease.  The BHF funds research through donations and has good general information about heart health and some cardiac conditions. The BHF has been very supportive of people in the UK with takotsubo syndrome and has some good links to information and research in takotsubo syndrome.

Cardiomyopathy UK is the specialist national charity for people affected by cardiomyopathy. They provide support and information services, work to raise awareness of the condition, campaign for better access to quality treatment and promote research. Cardiomyopathy UK has been very supportive of people with takotsubo syndrome and has some good links to information and research in takotsubo syndrome.  Cardiomyopathy UK funds the service of a specialist nurse for people with cardiomyopathy in the UK Monday – Friday 08:30-16:30. They also have a link to our Takotsubo Support Group (TSG).

Heart Failure Matters is an educational website available in 10 languages, developed by cardiologists, nurses, primary care physicians and patients from the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). It highlights lifestyle adjustments that enable patients with heart failure to maintain their quality-of-life. Users also include doctors and nurses, who will find it helpful to provide practical information to patients.

Heart Foundation (Australia) The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting heart disease.  The Heart Foundation funds research through donations and has good general information about heart health, but there is nothing about takotsubo syndrome currently.

Her Heart s a health promotion charity and registered not-for-profit that aims to educate women on the risks of heart disease.

SCAD Alliance is an organisation that is committed to improving the lives of people with spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) and their families through education, advocacy, research and support.

Support Groups

The ICD Support Group is comprised of people with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), their friends and relatives, and people who are concerned about or know someone with an ICD.  The group was established in 2005 and aims to help those with an ICD gain a better insight into their lives with an ICD and to help others to understand what it is like to live with an ICD.

The Takotsubo Support Group (TSG) aims to create a space where people with takotsubo syndrome can seek information and support from others who know how they feel.  The members of the group provide great support and encouragement through sharing experiences and provide helpful suggestions to aid recovery and regain confidence.