Cardiac Amyloidosis for the Primary Care Provider: A Practical Review to Promote Earlier Recognition of Disease

Kathleen W. Zhang, Srilakshmi Vallabhaneni, Jose A. Alvarez-Cardona, Ronald J. Krone, Joshua D. Mitchell, Daniel J. Lenihan

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Abstract

Cardiac amyloidosis is increasingly recognized as an underdiagnosed cause of heart failure. Diagnostic delays of up to 3 years from symptom onset may occur, and patients may be evaluated by more than 5 specialists prior to receiving the correct diagnosis. Newly available therapies improve clinical outcomes by preventing amyloid fibril deposition and are usually more effective in early stages of disease, making early diagnosis essential. Better awareness among primary care providers of the clinical presentation and modern treatment landscape is essential to improve timely diagnosis and early treatment of this disease. In this review, we provide practical guidance on the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment of transthyretin and light chain cardiac amyloidosis to promote earlier disease recognition among primary care providers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-595
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Medicine
Volume134
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Amyloidosis
  • Diagnosis, Imaging
  • Heart failure

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