The cardiovascular system is a common target of amyloidosis. This review presents the current clinical and diagnostic approach to amyloidosis, with the emphasis on cardiovascular involvement. It summarises recent nomenclature, classification, and pathogenesis of amyloidosis. In addition, non-invasive possibilities are discussed, together with endomyocardial biopsies in the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis. Finally, recent advances in treatment and prognostic implications are presented.
- ANF, atrial natriuretic factor
- IAA, isolated atrial amyloidosis
- SAA, serum amyloid A
- SSA, systemic senile amyloidosis
- TTR, transthyretin
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