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How is cardiac cachexia diagnosed?

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There’s no specific test that can diagnose cardiac cachexia. In most cases, doctors will try to rule out other health problems that may be causing your weight loss.

If you’ve lost more than 5% of your body weight in 6 months without trying, your doctor may test your blood to look for substances linked to cardiac cachexia, like the protein albumin.

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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