Cardiac amyloidosis: Description of a series of 143 cases

Med Clin (Barc). 2022 Sep 9;159(5):207-213. doi: 10.1016/j.medcli.2021.10.018. Epub 2022 Jan 4.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Introduction and objectives: Recently, there have been important advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac amyloidosis (CA). Our aim was to provide an updated description of its 2 most frequent types: the transthyretin CA (ATTR-CA) and the light chain CA (AL-CA).

Methods: Prospective registry of patients with CA diagnosed in 7 institutions in Galicia (Spain) between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2020. Variables related to clinical characteristics, complementary tests, survival and causes of death were collected.

Results: One hundred and forty-three patients with CA were consecutively included, 128 ATTR-CA (89.5%) and 15 AL-CA (10.5%). Mean age was 79.6±7.7 years and 23.8% were women. Most patients with ATTR-CA were diagnosed non-invasively (87.5%). On physical examination, 35.7, 35 and 7% had Popeye's sign, Dupuytren's contracture and macroglossia, respectively. Twelve-month and 24-month survival was 92.1 and 76.2% in the ATTR-CA group, and 78.6 and 61.1% in the AL-CA group (P=.152). The cause of death was cardiovascular in 80.8% of the cohort.

Conclusions: ATTR-CA can be diagnosed non-invasively in most cases and it is the most common type of CA in routine clinical practice. Furthermore, an increase in the short-term survival of CA appears to be observed, which could be due to advances related to its diagnosis and treatment.

Keywords: Amiloidosis cardiaca; Cadenas ligeras; Cardiac amyloidosis; Light chain; Multicenter; Multicéntrico; Prospective; Prospectivo; Registro; Registry; Transthyretin; Transtirretina.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Amyloid Neuropathies, Familial* / diagnosis
  • Amyloid Neuropathies, Familial* / therapy
  • Amyloidosis* / diagnosis
  • Amyloidosis* / therapy
  • Cardiomyopathies* / diagnosis
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin Light-chain Amyloidosis*
  • Macroglossia*
  • Male
  • Prealbumin
  • Spain / epidemiology


  • Prealbumin