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Genetic Disease More Common Among African Americans Can Now Be Treated

Genetic Disease More Common Among African Americans Can Now Be Treated

Brandpoint (BPT) – Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 4:31 am

(BPT) – A disease called hereditary ATTR amyloidosis (hATTR) is linked to a genetic mutation that has been passed through generations of Americans with ancestors from West African countries such as Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, and Nigeria. hATTR amyloidosis is difficult to diagnose and often missed by doctors and patients because its symptoms and related complications, which include numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the hands and feet, dizziness, and fainting, are similar to those of common conditions such as diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure). But unlike these conditions, which are frequently recognized and can be managed through a combination of lifestyle factors and a variety of available medicines, hATTR amyloidosis is a complex, multi¬≠-system disease that worsens over time if not addressed. Today, accurate genetic tests that diagnose hATTR amyloidosis are readily available, so early action is important.

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