Virtual Conference
Heart 2022 Conference

Abeer M Shawky

Al-Azhar University, Egypt

Title: Anorexia Nervosa Hurts Our Heart!


Anorexia nervosa (AN) is attributed to abnormal eating behaviour. It is considered a life-threatening condition as it has the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric disorders, mainly due to cardiovascular complications. More than half of all cases of AN are undetected as the diagnosis can be hard to capture. AN has been associated with bradycardia (up to 95%), decreased systolic blood pressure, mitral valve prolapse, and reduced left ventricular mass with heart failure. Vagal hyperactivity associated with AN might be the cause of significant bradycardia. In patients with AN, the management of bradycardia is different. This mini-review article aims to raise awareness of the possible diagnosis of AN in patients with marked weight loss displaying bradycardia and new cardiac disorders. Also, in individuals with significant weight loss, bradycardia should raise the possible diagnosis of AN so that it can be treated early and thus prevent premature death. 


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