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.
Recommended CitationAlvarez de Venecia, Toni Anne; Blumhof, Scott; Ukpong, Daniel; Lu, Marvin; Nieves, Claudia; and Figueredo, M.D., Vincent M., "Senile Cardiac Amyloidosis: An Undervalued Cause of Heart Failure." (2014). Cardiology Faculty Papers. Paper 55.