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Glossary of Terms
Amyloid Fibril: A rigid stack of amyloid proteins that build up in the organs.
Amyloidosis: A disease caused by a buildup of abnormally shaped proteins (amyloid proteins) in organs.
Atrial Fibrillation: An irregular heart rhythm.
Biopsy: A small piece of tissue that is removed and examined under a microscope.
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): A scan that creates detailed pictures of the heart and shows how well it is working.
Echocardiogram: An ultrasound of the heart to show how well it is working.
Electrocardiography (EKG): A recording of the heart’s electrical activity.
Proteins: Large molecules that control the structure and function of the body’s tissues and organs.
Technetium Pyrophosphate Scan (TcPYP): A bone scan that can tell if there is ATTR in the heart.
Transthyretin: A protein produced by the liver.