source: Current Problems in Cardiology
authors: Bhogal S, Ladia V, Sitwala P, Cook E, Bajaj K, Ramu V, Lavie CJ, Paul TK summary/abstract:
Cardiac amyloidosis occurs because of abnormal protein (amyloid) deposition in the cardiac tissue. Even with advanced diagnostic techniques and treatments, the prognosis of amyloidosis remains poor. The diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis particularly needs to be in the differential in patients presenting with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. This entity remains underdiagnosed due to lack of suspicion on the part of many clinicians.
Involvement of cardiac tissue is the utmost determinant factor for available treatment options and prognosis. Many cases of cardiac amyloidosis usually remain undiagnosed or diagnosed only in advanced stages when treatment options are limited and associated with poor survival. Hence, early recognition of cardiac amyloidosis is indispensable in halting the disease process before irreversible changes occur. The purpose of this review is to summarize the recent updates in the evaluation and management of cardiac amyloidosis and to discuss potential future treatments options.DOI:
10.1016/j.cpcardiol.2017.04.003 read more