Ive been diagnosed recently with heart failure and have had eating disorders for about 20 years. I am sure My anorexia caused this.. that and My use of ephedra pills.
Eating disorder is unlikely cause of Heart Failure.Long term use of Ephedra can cause Heart failure as secondary effect.Please review your treatment plan and have a second opinion.
Besides Medicine , I think -< Meditation , Music < Massage will help you greatly. Yoga --eg Shavasan (Copse pose) and Breathing exercise has helped me to recover from Heart attack miraculously. God Bless--
Hi, this is information i copied. Sorry it's not a personal answer but this is the best way i thought i could explain the risk. I'm not trying to scare you, but maybe knowing the facts could help you stay healthy?
Heart disease is the most common medical cause of death in people with severe anorexia. The effects of anorexia on the heart are:
Dangerous heart rhythms, including slow rhythms known as bradycardia, may develop. Such abnormalities can show up even in teenagers with anorexia.
Bradycardia is a slowness of the heartbeat, usually at a rate under 60 beats per minute (normal resting rate is 60 - 100 beats per minute). Blood flow is reduced. Blood pressure may drop. The heart muscles starve, losing size.
A primary danger to the heart is from abnormalities in the balance of minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, which are normally dissolved in the body's fluid. The dehydration and starvation that occurs with anorexia can reduce fluid and mineral levels and produce a condition known as electrolyte imbalance. Electrolytes (calcium and potassium) are critical for maintaining the electric currents necessary for a normal heartbeat. An imbalance in these electrolytes can be very serious and even life threatening unless fluids and minerals are replaced. Heart problems are a particular risk when anorexia is compounded by bulimia and the use of ipecac, a drug that causes vomiting.
Heart failure and organ shut downs result in death with anorexia. Immediate treatment in a hospital and then a treatment center is the only option. I am sorry that you have not found a cure for this terrible condition. That you are reaching out for an answer gives hope that you will do so in time. Wishing you the strength for change. Karen
Anorexia and bulimia can contribute to heart failure by depriving the heart muscle of vital nutrients and by causing your heart to work harder than necessary, therefore straining it. Reduced intake of vitamins, proteins, etc can cause muscle atrophy, which affects all muscles including the heart.
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