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A hidden heart disease that’s often misdiagnosed

Experts in treating amyloidosis want patients to know their risks

Amyloidosis in the heart is a rare condition affecting an estimated 10,000 Americans. Depending on the type, different parts of the body could be affected.

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Light chain amyloidosis

Senile systemic amyloidosis

Familial amyloidosis

SOURCE: S.W. Dubrey, P.N. Hawkins, R.H. Falk, “Amyloid diseases of the heart: assessment, diagnosis, and referral”

Chiqui Esteban, Patrick Garvin, Javier Zarracina/Globe Staff