'Magic mushrooms' trigger broken-heart syndrome: case

Scottish doctors say psilocybin fungi may have generated an emotional response in the patient that brought on the rare cardiac condition

Doctors say ‘magic mushrooms’ triggered takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) in a 59-year-old Scottish man, possibly due to the hallucinatory effect of the psychoactive fungi.

Psilocybe cubensis

The man, with a history of anxiety and depression, presented to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary ED with visual hallucinations and acute respiratory distress following ingestion of psilocybin mushrooms.

On presentation he had a respiratory rate of 23/min, oxygen saturation at 81% on air, BP of 157/96mmHg and a heart rate of

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