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Cardiac Amyloidosis

Your body creates a number of different proteins that help carry out normal activities inside your body. Amyloidosis occurs when your body mis-creates one of these proteins, and as a result, pieces of these proteins (fibrils) are deposited in different organs and cause damage. The types of amyloidosis refer to which protein is being mis-created, and the most common types that involve the heart are light chain (AL) amyloidosis and transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis. Treatment options are available for both types, but are determined based on the type of amyloidosis. Amyloid can deposit in the heart muscle and cause heart failure and arrhythmias. Our physicians are experienced at managing both types of this disease, and will act quickly to make sure that these are being treated appropriately. Furthermore, TTR amyloidosis can be genetic, so we send genetic testing on our patients to identify if your loved ones are also at risk for this disorder and make sure they are treated early.