Amyloidosis is a multi-system disease, making diagnosis challenging. In this informative patient guide, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) discusses common symptoms, types of amyloidosis, red flags to be aware of, diagnostic tests and available treatment options.
Multi-systemic diseases such as amyloidosis are not only complex to diagnose, but also complex in the treatment and ongoing patient care. It takes a village. In this seminal piece, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) provides an Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Care for the Patient With Cardiac Amyloidosis. An absolute must-read for cardiologists and other specialties such as neurology, gastroenterology, nephrology and hematology.
Historically it has been thought that the majority of elderly cardiomyopathy patients diagnosed with amyloidosis, ATTR-CM, transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy, suffered from wild-type, a non-genetic version of the disease that most commonly affects but is not exclusive to men over seventy years of age. A study in the UK conducted from January 2010 through August 2022 was conducted to determine whether this was true. Here we summarize their fascinating findings.
Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. Many medical conditions that damage the heart muscle can cause heart failure, such as Coronary artery disease, Heart attack, Obesity, Kidney disease, Diabetes, and Cardiomyopathy. Here we summarize how cardiac amyloidosis is associated with heart failure.
Over the course of the past two months, we spent time discussing two of the most common hallmark symptoms of ATTR amyloidosis: cardiomyopathy and peripheral neuropathy. In this article, we’ll briefly recap both hallmark symptoms as well as bring it all together by discussing the two most common forms of ATTR amyloidosis: ATTR cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM) and ATTR peripheral neuropathy (ATTR-PN).