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Diagnosing Amyloidosis: From Cardiology to Neurology – When to Think About Amyloidosis

Dr. J. Mark Sloan, Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. He is a member of the BU Amyloidosis Center, the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research at BU, and the program director for the hematology/oncology fellowship at Boston University. In this video, developed exclusively for the Amyloidosis Speakers Bureau, he provides a comprehensive clinical overview of diagnosing amyloidosis, from cardiology to neurology, and when to think about amyloidosis.

AL and ATTR Amyloidosis: Recognition and Diagnosis — The Key to Successful Treatment

Dr. Heather Landau, Associate Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering, provides a comprehensive clinical overview of amyloidosis. Spanning recognition and diagnosis – the key to successful treatment.

 

Cardiac Amyloidosis – AL and ATTR: Two Different Conditions

Dr. Mazen Hanna, cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic and co-director of the Amyloid Program, explains how cardiac amyloidosis can originate from two very different types of amyloidosis: AL or ATTR. Dr. Hanna illustrates how physicians can identify cardiac amyloidosis and look to different diagnostic work-ups to understand whether the issues are due to AL or ATTR amyloidosis. These two conditions are treated differently and have different prognoses, emphasizing the importance of understanding the type of amyloidosis involved.

Expert Insights: Diagnosing AL and ATTR Cardiac Amyloidosis

Dr. Grodin, a cardiologist and co-director of the UT Southwestern Multidisciplinary Amyloidosis Program, goes through the diagnostic process for AL and ATTR cardiac amyloidosis. Understanding that there are key differences and typing of amyloidosis which are paramount to consider in order to subsequently develop a treatment plan. He concludes with diagnostic algorithms to help clinicians arrive at an accurate diagnosis.

Expert Insights: Building an Index of Suspicion for Cardiac Amyloidosis

Understanding that amyloidosis exists BEFORE organs become involved is critical to developing an early diagnosis. Dr. Grodin, a cardiologist and co-director of the UT Southwestern Multidisciplinary Amyloidosis Program, discusses these early symptoms, family history, and red flags to be aware of in order to build an index of suspicion.

Expert Insights: Raising Awareness of Cardiac Amyloidosis

Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, cardiologist at Houston Cardiovascular Associates, shares ways that physicians can raise their awareness of cardiac amyloidosis, whether AL or ATTR. He discusses multiple organ systems and how test results may present clues to consider amyloidosis. He offers a diagnostic algorithm with early red flags that can aid in the identification and typing of amyloidosis. Dr. Trachtenberg concludes with keys to remember, including questions to ask patients, which can elevate the suspicion of amyloidosis.

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