Wild-Type vs Hereditary    |    Clinical Presentation     |    Underdiagnosis

Understanding Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM)

Cardiac amyloidosis develops when amyloid fibrils deposit into the extracellular space of the heart, leading to progressive cardiac dysfunction.1,2 The most common amyloid fibril proteins that can infiltrate the heart and lead to cardiac amyloidosis are immunoglobulin light chain amyloid fibril protein (AL) and transthyretin amyloid fibril protein (ATTR).1-5


It is important to clinically differentiate between ATTR and AL, as they have different clinical courses,5 and AL requires immediate medical treatment.6 




Wild-type ATTR-CM (wtATTR-CM) is idiopathic7 and is not considered to be a hereditary disease.1   


Wild-type ATTR-CM (wtATTR-CM)

Also Known As7,11

  • Senile cardiac amyloidosis
  • Senile systemic amyloidosis
  • Age-related amyloidosis


Patient Considerations 

  • Ethnicity: predominantly white7,11
  • Mostly men7,11,12
  • Symptom onset typically over the age of 60 years10
  • Heart failure7,11,12
  • Cardiac arrhythmias, particularly atrial fibrillation3,7,11,12
  • History of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome7,12,13


Median survival: ~3.5 years7,12,14




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Hereditary ATTR-CM (hATTR-CM)* is due to a mutation in the TTR gene.1 Inherited mutations in TTR are common in patients of African (Val122Ile), Irish (Thr60Ala), Italian (Ile68Leu), and Danish (Leu111Met) descent.3,8-10

Hereditary ATTR-CM (hATTR-CM)

Also Known As 

  • Variant ATTR (ATTRv)1
  • ATTRm1
  • Mutant ATTR4
  • Hereditary amyloidosis15
  • Familial amyloid cardiomyopathy16

Patient Considerations

  • Men and women11
  • Age of symptom onset depends on the mutation, but may occur as early as 30-40 (Japan, Portugal, Denmark) 50-60 (Sweden, France, United States) 40-50 (Italy) 45-50 (Ireland)9, 10
  • Heart failure11
  • Neurological symptoms (peripheral and autonomic)11
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms11
  • History of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome11


Median survival: ~2 to 3 years3



Patients with wtATTR and hATTR* present with heart failure and other cardiac symptoms.4,7,11,17
Please see other common signs and symptoms in the image below.

        Common Signs and Symptoms in wtATTR and hATTR4,7,11,12,17-20



  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Oedema
  • Arrhythmias
  • Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
  • Aortic stenosis

Soft Tissue

  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Ruptured distal biceps tendon


  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Early satiety


  • CTS
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Orthostasis
  • Weakness

*Also known as variant ATTR.1
CTS, carpal tunnel syndrome; GI, gastrointestinal.

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In 2 studies, wtATTR deposits were identified in the hearts of 13%-17% of older patients with HFpEF.21,22

In a study conducted in Spain of 120 HFpEF patients 60 years or older, wtATTR was confirmed in 13% (13.3%; 95% CI: 7.2-19.5) of the patients21

In a study of 140 autopsied patients, 109 of whom had HFpEF, cardiac wtATTR deposits were found in 17% of the patients22

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PP-RDP-IRL-0111 Date of Preparation February 2021