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ISSUE INTRO

The Burgeoning Field of Cardio-Oncology

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RECOGNITIONS

Barry H. Trachtenberg Leads Issue on Cardio-Oncology

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Heart Failure in Relation to Anthracyclines and Other Chemotherapies

Heart Failure in Relation to Tumor-Targeted Therapies and Immunotherapies

The Role of Cardiovascular Imaging and Serum Biomarkers in Identifying Cardiotoxicity Related to Cancer Therapeutics

Prevention and Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiotoxicity

Cardiovascular Toxicities of Radiation Therapy

Electrophysiologic Complications in Cancer Patients

Vascular Toxicity in Patients with Cancer: Is There a Recipe to Clarify Treatment?

Future Directions in Cardio-Oncology

CASE REPORTS See More

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

Anomalous Origin of the Right Coronary Artery from the Left Main Coronary Artery in the Setting of Critical Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis

Simultaneous Transfemoral Mitral and Tricuspid Valve in Ring Implantation: First Case Report with Edwards Sapien 3 Valve

Uneventful Follow-Up 2 Years after Endovascular Treatment of a High Flow Iatrogenic Aortocaval Fistula Causing Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Failure

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

Do Not Pass Flow: Microvascular Obstruction on Cardiac Magnetic Resonance After Reinfarction Following Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

EXCERPTA

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

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Onconephrology: An Evolving Field

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Herbal Nephropathy

EXCERPTA

Rolling the Dice on Red Yeast Rice

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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