According to the case report, published in BMJ, the woman was at a wedding in Israel and thought the wasabi was avocado. Even though wasabi tastes like hot mustard or horseradish, the woman consumed about a teaspoon of the paste.
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She experienced chest pain that spread to her arms, but didn’t leave the wedding, the case report states. The next day she felt weak, so she decided to go to the hospital. An echocardiogram showed damage to her left ventricle that was consistent with takotsubo cardiomyopathy.
After a month of treatment, the woman's heart appears to be working normally, the Washington Post reported.
“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of takotsubo cardiomyopathy triggered by wasabi consumption,” the case report states.