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Impaired heart function in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Tuesday 16 August 2011

From About.com's Adrienne Dellwo:

 

Heart and bodyImpaired Heart Function in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Adrienne Dellwo, About.com Guide
August 3, 2011

Research Brief

The hearts and blood flow of people with chronic fatigue syndrome are significantly different from healthy people's, according to a small new study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Researchers looked at several measures of heart function and blood movement and concluded that chronic fatigue syndrome was associated with "markedly reduced cardiac mass and blood pool volumes" as well as other abnormalities.

Some doctors and researchers have long contended that this condition involves cardiac abnormalities but this theory has not been widely adopted by the medical community.

When blood volume is low, the cells become starved for oxygen and nutrients. That leaves them unable to function properly and may contribute to many of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

One cardiac abnormality has been researched as a possible diagnostic tool. Read: The QT Interval & Why It's Important.

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