What Is Amyloid Cardiomyopathy?

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What is amyloid cardiomyopathy?

A:

When protein fragments (amyloids) accumulate in a person’s heart tissue, he may develop a disease called amyloid cardiomyopathy (AC). The deposits of amyloids may cluster together, so the electrical signals which should move through the heart are somewhat hindered. It can cause abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmia), faulty heart signals and heart block.

AC can cause the following symptoms:

Frequent urination at night

Fatigue

Swollen feet, ankles, legs or abdomen

Shortness of breath

Coughing while lying down

Heart palpitations (pounding heartbeats)

If the disease is diagnosed or treated late, it may have affected other organs. Functions of nervous system, kidneys, liver and GI system can be disturbed.

 

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