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The Scourge of Cardiogenic Shock

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RECOGNITIONS

Arvind Bhimaraj, MD, MPH, Guides Issue on Cardiogenic Shock

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Cardiovascular Implications of COVID-19 Infections

Pathophysiology and Advanced Hemodynamic Assessment of Cardiogenic Shock

Cardiogenic Shock in the Setting of Acute Myocardial Infarction

Cardiogenic Shock in Patients with Advanced Chronic Heart Failure

Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support for Cardiogenic Shock

Management of Cardiogenic Shock in a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Physiological Concepts of Cardiogenic Shock Using Pressure-Volume Loop Simulations: A Case-Based Review

Systems of Care in Cardiogenic Shock

CASE REPORTS See More

COVID-19: A Potential Risk Factor for Acute Pulmonary Embolism

Repair of Extent III Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm in the Presence of Aortoiliac Occlusion

Williams-Beuren Syndrome: The Role of Cardiac CT in Diagnosis

A Rare Case of Pancreatitis-Induced Thrombosis of the Aorta and Superior Mesenteric Artery

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

A T2-Weighty Discovery: Aortitis on Cardiac MRI with Histopathologic Correlation

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Acute Kidney Injury in Cardiogenic Shock

EXCERPTA

Cardio-Oncology, Then and Now: An Interview with Barry Trachtenberg

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Onconephrology: An Evolving Field

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Herbal Nephropathy

EDITORIALS

Letter to the Editor in Response to “Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy in Diabetes Mellitus”

Vol 8, Issue 3 (2012)

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EDITORIALS

Amyloid Heart Disease : The Deathly Protein Invasion – A Personal Pers Pective

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Arvind Bhimaraj (2012) Amyloid Heart Disease : The Deathly Protein Invasion – A Personal Pers Pective. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal: July 2012, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 19-20.

doi: https://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-8-3-19

Abstract

The gusts of cold wind were harsh as I treaded the wild terrain of despair. As a physician, I carried the torch of hope, a bestowment that conferred immense responsibility. I felt the burden of divine expectation, from the wounded to deftly navigate this unchartered terrain and offer a respite from suffering. Upon entering the battle-zone, I could not fail to notice the despondency in their eyes — and with it a glimmer of hope from the reflection of my torch. As I approached the edge of a steep cliff, I saw him: a meek, astonished, and badly wounded man holding on to his dear life with his last vestige of strength. His desperate, helpless family stood by, with their hands tied and their voices loud with cries for help. A sense of relief dawned on them when they heard my footsteps in the distance. As I stumbled through the terrain, I tried to estimate how long his weak hands could hold on to the edge, and how fast I needed to leap and grab-on and initiate my fight with the demons of death. The fog muddled my vision; the cries of suffering numbed my senses. The terrain lay divided — this one man dangling on the edge, and the rest on the other side. I reached out to save him, but the winds of suffering were too strong for this wounded soldier. Helplessly, I watched him plummet into the abyss of darkness. There were marks of other would-be messiahs by the edge, signs of other unsuccessful attempts to save him. Consternation consumed me: I held a baton in my hand that I could not deliver, sorrow in my heart, and a sense of hopelessness and doubt looming inside me. The burden of the torch grew heavier, making me wonder if I was ever suitable to carry it.

Keywords
amyloid heart disease , heart failure , amyloidosis

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