Amyloidosis - cardiac; Primary cardiac amyloidosis - AL type; Secondary cardiac amyloidosis - AA type; Stiff heart syndrome; Senile amyloidosis
Your doctor may tell you to change your diet. This may include salt and fluid restrictions.
You may need to take water pills (diuretics) to help your body remove excess fluid. The doctor may tell you to weigh yourself every day. A weight gain of 3 or more pounds over 1 - 2 days can mean there is too much fluid in the body.
Digoxin, calcium channel blockers, and beta blockers may be used with caution in patients with atrial fibrillation. However, the dosage must be carefully monitored. Patients with cardiac amyloidosis may be unusually sensitive to any side effects.
Other treatments may include:
- Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD)
- Pacemaker, if there are problems with heart signals
- Prednisone, an anti-inflammatory medicine
Cardiac amyloidosis is a long-term (chronic) condition that slowly gets worse. On average, persons with cardiac amyloidosis live less than 1 year.
Atrial fibrillationor ventricular arrhythmias Congestive heart failure
- Fluid buildup in the abdomen (
- Increased sensitivity to digoxin
- Low blood pressure and dizziness from excessive urination (due to medication)
Sick sinus syndrome Symptomaticcardiac conduction system disease (arrhythmias related to abnormal conduction of impulses through the heart muscle)
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you have this disorder and new symptoms develop, particularly:
Dizzinesswhen you change position
- Excessive weight (fluid) gain
- Excessive weight loss