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Publication Date

12-8-2014

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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in American Journal of Medicine

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2014.11.019. Copyright © Elsevier

Abstract

Despite recurrent hospitalizations for heart failure exacerbations, the underlying cause can be missed. Senile amyloidosis is a disease prevalent in the elderly African American population. Senile amyloidosis is underdiagnosed as a cause of heart failure because of its occurrence with more common comorbidities, such as long-standing systemic hypertension. It is important to maintain a high index of suspicion for senile amyloidosis in patients such as this case, who presented with multiple exacerbations of heart failure combined with characteristic electrocardiographic and echocardiographic findings.

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