178. Case Report: Occam’s Razor or Hickam’s Dictum? Cardiogenic Shock With Severe Biventricular Heart Failure – Northwestern University

By CardioNerds - Last Updated: December 20, 2022

CardioNerds (Amit Goyal and Daniel Ambinder) join Dr. Loie Farina (Northwestern University CardioNerds Ambassador), Dr. Josh Cheema, and Dr. Graham Peigh from Northwestern University for drinks along the shores of Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach. They discuss a case of a 52-year-old woman with limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis who presents with progressive symptoms of heart failure and is found to have a severe, non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. The etiology of her cardiomyopathy is not clear until her untimely death. She is ultimately diagnosed with cardiac AL amyloidosis with isolated vascular involvement a real occam’s razor or hickam’s dictum conundrum. We discuss the work-up and management of her condition including a detailed discussion of the differential diagnosis, the underlying features of systemic sclerosis with cardiac involvement as well as cardiac amyloidosis, the role of a shock team in managing cardiogenic shock, and how to identify those with advanced or stage D heart failure. Advanced heart failure expert Dr. Yasmin Raza (Northwestern University) provides the ECPR segment. Episode introduction by CardioNerds Clinical Trialist Dr. Liane Arcinas. Audio editing by CardioNerds Academy Intern, Christian Faaborg-Andersen.

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