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Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis Presenting as Acute Systolic Heart Failure

Author(s): Maurice Mosseri, Asseel AlBayati, Ndausung Udongwo, Ennis Alsaadi, Swapnil Patel, Shuvendu Sen, Arif Asif

Cardiomyopathies are present in many forms and are the result of numerous etiologies with one well-established etiology being chronic kidney disease (CKD). With recent discoveries linking early stages of CKD to profound cardiovascular disease (ischemic or non-ischemic cardiomyopathy), our focus has shifted to a seemingly inexplicable link between focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. The cardiovascular and renal organ systems possess a unique relationship which we presume to be a bi-directional association of cause-and-effect. We present two cases in which our patients, with underlying FSGS, present with signs and symptoms of systolic heart failure.

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