Cardiac amyloidosis

Below you will find more information about Cardiac amyloidosis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Cardiac amyloidosis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Cardiac amyloidosis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Cardiac amyloidosis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Cardiac amyloidosis is a medical condition that is a type of amyloidosis the reason of which is because of the deposits of an amyloid protein in the heart tissue that results to the reduced function of the heart.

Treatment

Diuretics - can be prescribed to get rod off extra fluid. Digoxin - can be used carefully to enhance control of the heart in patients that has atrial fibrillation. Daily weight measurement - to monitor weight of patient. A gain weight of 3 or 4 pounds within 1 or 2 days may signify extreme fluid buildup. Chemotherapy or prednisone Pacemaker - this might be included id it involves the conduction system. Heart Transplant - may be needed for patients with severe conditions though it is not recommended for those that have AL type amyloidosis because their disease consists of several organs. Liver Transplant - required for secondary amyloidosis.

Symptoms and Signs

The list below is the known symptoms for Cardiac amyloidosis: Palpitation/tremor - it the sense of feeling heart beat Swelling/inflammation of legs, ankles, or other parts of the body like inflammation of the abdomen Too much urination at night Exhaustion, decreased motion tolerance Shortness of breath with motion Breathing trouble while lying down

Complications

The list below shows the known complication of Cardiac amyloidosis: Congestive heart failure Atrial fibrillation or ventricular arrhythmias Sick sinus syndrome (rarely) Symptomatic cardiac conduction system disease (arrhythmias associated to unusual transmission of impulses all the way through the heart muscle) Low blood pressure and dizziness from too much urination (from prescription) Augmented sensitivity to digoxin with the potential for digoxin toxicity and associated arrhythmias Ascites (fluid buildup in the abdomen)

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