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What are some ways cardiac cachexia affects the body and causes symptoms?

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  • Fluid buildup from congestive heart failure can sometimes make it harder to absorb nutrients from food.
  • Malnutrition keeps the liver from making a protein called albumin, which helps the blood carry important chemicals throughout your body.
  • The condition makes your body use more energy to do basic things, like breathing. So you burn more calories, but at the same time, you can’t absorb them from food.
  • Your body breaks down muscle proteins. That leads to symptoms like fatigue.

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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