Synephrine-containing dietary supplement precipitating apical ballooning syndrome in a young female
Hyemoon Chung ; Sung Woo Kwon ; Bum-Kee Hong ; Yoo Mi Park ; Dae Won Ma ; Ji Hyun Yoon ; Tae Hoon Kim
Korean Journal of Internal Medicine, Vol.28(3) : 356~360, 2013
Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Apical ballooning syndrome (ABS) is a unique reversible cardiomyopathy that is frequently precipitated by emotional or physical stress. In addition, the few drugs reported to precipitate ABS were either illegal or strictly controlled for medical use. This paper reports a case of ABS precipitated by a dietary supplement. Our case accentuates the potential risk of dietary supplements containing synephrine, which is uncontrolled and available to the general public. Therefore, the Korea Food and Drug Administration should regulate these dietary supplements, and warn healthcare workers and the general public of the potential hazards of the indiscriminate abuse of dietary supplements.