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Early diagnosis offers the best chance for managing amyloidosis so it doesn’t progress into a serious or fatal condition. Common symptoms of cardiac amyloidosis include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your physician. If amyloidosis is suspected, our cardiology experts at the University of Chicago Medicine will perform tests to verify your diagnosis. Our diagnostic services include:
If you are diagnosed with hereditary TTR amyloidosis, UChicago Medicine offers free genetic testing for your family in order to identify any additional members who may have the disorder. During genetic testing, we collect a sample of blood from each family member for evaluation in order to identify any mutations in the DNA that could cause amyloidosis.
As many as 60 percent of those with a family history of amyloidosis will develop the condition. By proactively testing the family, our specialists hope to identify undiagnosed individuals and begin treatment early, when it is most effective.
Our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons are continuously investigating the latest medications, devices, diagnostic services and treatments for heart disease.
You can request a second opinion with one of our cardiologists or a cardiac surgeon.