A Warning Sign In Anorexia Nervosa

February 04, 2004

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ABSTRACT: Among psychiatric disorders, anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate. During an exacerbation of this illness, patients frequently present with nonspecific symptoms. Upon hospitalization, anorexia nervosa patients are often markedly bradycardic, which may be an adaptive response to progressive weight loss and negative energy balance. When anorexia nervosa patients manifest tachycardia, even heart rates in the 80–90 bpm range, a supervening acute illness should be suspected.

  1. Krantz MJ, Mehler PS. Resting Tachycardia, A Warning Sign In Anorexia Nervosa: Case Report. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 4(1):10; 2004. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2261-4-10