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Screening for cardiovascular risk in patients with anorexia nervosa

Ingle, Lee



In young people, especially females, a high importance is placed on body image and physical appearance. Unfortunately, misperceptions of the ideal body shape can encourage a pre-occupation with weight loss strategies. Long-term, these strategies may lead to ill-health— anorexia nervosa (AN) is a condition where there is evidence of low body weight, a refusal to maintain body weight, a distorted body image, and menstrual dysfunction. This review focuses on screening techniques for identifying cardiovascular risk in patients with AN. Predictors of cardiac risk have not been robustly investigated in AN, consequently health professionals involved in cardiovascular risk screening may be reliant on screening methodologies that are based on anecdotal evidence. The current inability to accurately predict cardiac events and sudden cardiac death in chronically ill patients with enduring AN is a concern that requires greater national attention

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 4, 2010
Print ISSN 1749-6403
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 7
Pages 332-337
APA6 Citation Ingle, L. (2010). Screening for cardiovascular risk in patients with anorexia nervosa. British journal of cardiac nursing, 5(7), 332-337.
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