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How can heart failure lead to cachexia?
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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Hormonal
Severe and chronic heart failure can set into motion alterations of chemicals in the blood similar to other severe illnesses.
Additional changes in appetite and psychological changes can affect diet as well as physical deconditioning. All of these factors can cumulatively lead to muscle wasting syndromes. Mild heart failure is usually not associated with these severe physiologic manifestations.

In brief: Hormonal
Severe and chronic heart failure can set into motion alterations of chemicals in the blood similar to other severe illnesses.
Additional changes in appetite and psychological changes can affect diet as well as physical deconditioning. All of these factors can cumulatively lead to muscle wasting syndromes. Mild heart failure is usually not associated with these severe physiologic manifestations.
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