Investigating sexual problems, psychological distress and quality of life in female patients with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy: A prospective case-control study

Mohsen Saffari, Chung-Ying Lin, Anders Broström, Jan Mårtensson, Dan Malm, Andrea Burri, Bengt Fridlund, Amir H. Pakpour

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Background: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TSCM) has detrimental effects on both physical and psychological health of sufferers. However, little is known whether TSCM also affects sexual functioning in female patients. Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate psychological distress (depression and anxiety), health-related quality of life, and sexual functioning in women with TSCM and compare them with women with acute myocardial infarction and with healthy controls. Methods: A three group prospective case-control design was used. Female patients with TSCM or acute myocardial infarction, as well as healthy controls (94 in each group), were recruited across eight Iranian university hospitals. Data were collected at baseline and after six and 18 months using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, the Short Form-12, the Female Sexual Function Index and the Female Sexual Distress Scale. Multilevel logistic regression was conducted. Results: The TSCM group showed worst sexual functioning and the highest level of anxiety and depression at baseline (p<0.01) compared with the two other groups. The TSCM and AMI groups showed comparable health-related quality of life at baseline, which was lower in both groups compared with the healthy controls (p<0.01). Overall, depression, anxiety and health-related quality of life showed a significant change over time, especially in the TSCM group, with health-related quality of life decreasing, while anxiety and depression were increasing. Compared with the acute myocardial infarction and healthy control groups, the TSCM group showed a higher prevalence of sexual problems (odds ratios = 3.10 and 2.28, respectively) across time. Moreover, sexual functioning was found to be a mediator between anxiety and health-related quality of life in the TSCM group. Conclusion: Depression, anxiety, health-related quality of life, and sexual dysfunction tend to increase over time in female patients with TSCM; thus, healthcare providers should pay attention to these problems and provide appropriate treatment where necessary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)614-622
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • sexual dysfunction
  • Takotsubo cardiomyopathy
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Medical–Surgical
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing

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