What is Amyloidosis
Amyloidosis is a condition characterized by the deposition of abnormal proteins in various organs of the body including the heart. There are a few known causes, but there are predominantly two types:
- AL (Light Chain) Amyloidosis is caused by a disorder of bone marrow cells (plasma cells) that is associated with multiple myeloma.
- Transthryretin Amyloidosis (ATTR) is related to an overproduction of the TTR (Transports Thyroxine and Retinol) protein produced by the liver. ATTR can be a hereditary condition, and family members often need to be screened to ensure they do not share the responsible gene.
These types of Amyloidosis have different treatments and our Cardio-Oncology providers are trained in making the diagnosis and helping to determine the appropriate treatment regimen.
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