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Anorexia Nervosa and the Heart

Carolyn K. Landolfo
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BASICS

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  • Etiology

DIAGNOSIS

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TREATMENT

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ONGOING CARE

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BASICS
Description
  • Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric illness characterized by an obsessive fear of gaining weight and severe distortion of body image, often resulting in low body weight that can be fatal. Patients with anorexia nervosa typically control their body weight through means of voluntary starvation in conjunction with excessive exercise or other weight control measures such as diet pills, laxatives or diuretic drugs.
  • Diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa include:
    • Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height
    • Excessive fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though underweight
    • Profound distortion of one’s body weight, shape and image
    • Denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight
    • Amenorrhea in postmenarchal ...

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