The multidisciplinary Cardiac Amyloidosis Center, part of the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, is a leader in comprehensive, innovative patient care and research in cardiac amyloidosis.
Cardiac amyloidosis, is a condition in which a normally occurring body protein becomes defective and clumps together in the heart muscle. As amyloid fibrils deposit in the heart, it becomes more difficult for the heart to fill with blood. This causes symptoms including shortness of breath, swelling in legs, or fatigue.
Our multi-disciplinary team of specialists is at the forefront of providing innovative, minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment options for patients with cardiac amyloidosis.
Cardiac amyloidosis can cause symptoms similar to other heart conditions. Thus, it requires a high level of expertise to diagnose. If you are experiencing any signs of heart problems, you should always see a doctor as soon as possible.
Symptoms of amyloidosis include:
The specialists at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute’s Cardiac Amyloidosis Center use advanced testing to diagnose cardiac amyloidosis. Our specialists are leaders in non-invasive tests for the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis and can make the diagnosis without a cardiac biopsy in many cases. The tests used for cardiac amyloidosis might include:
Our specialists at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute’s Cardiac Amyloidosis Center have access to all advanced therapies for amyloidosis and will create a plan dedicated to your specific needs.