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What causes cardiac cachexia?

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Doctors are not exactly sure what causes cardiac cachexia. It involves many different body systems. Some experts think it may happen when there’s an imbalance in the way your body’s nervous system tells your digestive tract how to break down food.

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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