The ATTR‑CM Clinical Landscape Has Evolved in Recent Years1

attr-cm clinical landscape infographic

In 2012, 99mTc-DPD scintigraphy became a routine part of the diagnostic algorithm for ATTR‑CM.2

*Median survival during 2002 to 2012 ranged from 35 to 39 months and during 2012 to 2021 from 53 to >60 months.

Early diagnosis and intervention are critical ​to slowing ATTR‑CM progression and ​prolonging quality of life3-6

Diagnosis of transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy (ATTR‑CM)* has exponentially increased over the last decade due to enhanced awareness, an evolution in the standard of care, and the development of a noninvasive diagnostic algorithm.2,3,7 These advances have significantly improved survival, but many people continue to manage cardiac morbidity and diminishing quality of life.2,8,9 More effective treatment options are needed.

*Also known as ATTR cardiomyopathy, or ATTR cardiac amyloidosis (ATTR‑CA).

As understanding of ATTR‑CM progression and opportunities for earlier intervention have grown, goals for patient management have expanded beyond prolonging survival to include:3,10

  • Maintaining quality of life10
  • Preserving independence10
  • Keeping patients out of the hospital10
  • Stabilization or improvement of prognostic biomarkers10
contemporary measures of attr-cm visualization

Early diagnosis and intervention are critical to slowing ATTR-CM progression, preserving life, and prolonging quality of life.8,9,11,13

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The progression of ATTR‑CM deprives people of their strength, mobility, and independence. At later stages of disease, those affected may lose their ability to engage in previously enjoyable activities or perform routine activities such as household chores and self-care.2,12-14

Common clinical measures of functional capacity and quality of life for people with ATTR‑CM include:

six minute walk test
kansas city cardiomyopathy questionnaire

N‐terminal pro‐B‐type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and serum transthyretin (TTR) are emerging as important predictive biomarkers for mortality and cardiac morbidity in people with ATTR‑CM.11,17,18

Increasing mortality and cardiac morbidity graphic

High Serum TTR: An Indicator of Stability

High Levels of Serum TTR Are Associated With Protection Against Heart Failure19

line graph demonstrating that high levels of serum ttr are associated with protection against heart failure

Reproduced with permission from Greve AM, et al. JAMA Cardiol. 2021;6(3):258-266. Copyright©(2021) American Medical Association. All rights reserved.

High Levels of Serum TTR Are Associated With Prolonged Survival11

line graph demonstrating that high levels of serum ttr are associated with prolonged survival

Reproduced with permission from Hanson JLS, et al. Circ Heart Fail. 2018;11(2):e004228.

NT-proBNP: An Indicator of Cardiac Morbidity

  • Secreted by the heart in response to stress and pressure overload18
  • Measure of worsening heart failure and cardiac dysfunction17,18

12-Month Change in NT-proBNP: One of the Only Independent Predictors of ATTR‑CM Mortality17

chart demonstrating twelve month change in nt-probnp

6MWT, 6-minute walk test; eGFR, estimated glomerular filtration rate; HR, hazard ratio; NT-proBNP, N‐terminal pro‐B‐type natriuretic peptide; NYHA, New York Heart Association.

Decreased NT-proBNP Is Associated With Increased Survival in People With ATTR‑CM17

line graph demonstrating that decreased nt-probnp is associated with increased survival in people with attr-cm

Adapted from Law S, et al. Heart. 2022;108(6):474-478. Data courtesy of UK National Amyloidosis Centre.


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