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How do you treat cardiac cachexia?

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There are no specific medicines that treat cardiac cachexia. Your doctor will continue to treat your heart failure and try to improve your symptoms. You may get medicines to get rid of the extra fluid that makes you swell. Other treatments may be:

  • Exercise training to build muscle mass or strengthen existing muscles
  • Teaching you how to eat right for your condition
  • Supplements of important nutrients, like vitamins C and D and folate
  • Medicines to make you feel hungrier

From: What Is Cardiac Cachexia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Research Reports in Clinical Cardiology : “Cardiac cachexia and muscle wasting: definition, physiopathology, and clinical consequences.”

Texas Heart Institute: “What tests and treatment are advised for cardiac cachexia?”

Annals of Medicine: “Cardiac cachexia.”

Medscape: “Managing the Effects of Cardiac Cachexia.”

UpToDate: “Palliative care: Assessment and management of anorexia and cachexia.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Research Reports in Clinical Cardiology : “Cardiac cachexia and muscle wasting: definition, physiopathology, and clinical consequences.”

Texas Heart Institute: “What tests and treatment are advised for cardiac cachexia?”

Annals of Medicine: “Cardiac cachexia.”

Medscape: “Managing the Effects of Cardiac Cachexia.”

UpToDate: “Palliative care: Assessment and management of anorexia and cachexia.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 30, 2019

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