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What happens to the heart when a person has anorexia nervosa?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 47 years experience
Anorexia nervosa : Can have numerous complications. Death may occur suddenly & may result from abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) or an imbalance of electrolytesminerals such as sodium, potassium & calcium that maintain the balance of fluids in your body. Heart problems may include mitral valve prolapse, abnormal heart rhythms & heart failure. A person with anorexia nervosa requires medical & psychiatric care.
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Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Risk: The heart is at risk of potentially severe problems, like arrythmias (for different causes: electrolytes imbalances, anatomic changes, etc) always depending on the degree/stage of the disease, personal medical/family history and genetic factors. In short, anorexia nervosa is no good for the heart.
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Last updated Dec 9, 2022
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