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Is it hard to tell when someone with heart failure has lost weight?

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A failing heart makes the body retain water and swell. That can increase your body weight and make you look like you have body fat when you don’t. Your doctor can use other tests to figure out if you’ve lost muscle mass, including measuring how well you do physical activities like walking or how strong your grip is.

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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