How do eating disorders affect cardiovascular health?
It’s believed that millions of Americans have an eating disorder , of which there are three primary types: Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Eating disorders can cause serious, long-term health consequences. They can also interfere with academic success, cause problems at work and result in relationship challenges. In severe cases, patients need to be hospitalized for life-threatening complications, including heart problems. The physicians and nurses at MountainView Hospital are genuinely caring individuals who give our patients the superior care they need and the respect they deserve. Our heart health specialists help patients overcome numerous challenges, including those related to nutrition.
Anorexia nervosa and cardiovascular health
Patients with anorexia severely restrict their calorie intake. Their bodies are deprived of the nutrients required for good health and even for regular, everyday functioning. As a result, normal bodily processes are inhibited or slowed down to use as little energy as possible.
This can lead to many health consequences, including cardiovascular complications such as very low blood pressure and a slow heart rate. Eventually, patients can develop heart failure. Heart failure occurs when the heart isn’t able to pump enough blood.
Binge eating disorder and cardiovascular health
Patients with binge eating disorder experience recurrent episodes of binge eating, which they feel unable to control. They eat despite a lack of hunger, often to the point of discomfort. Since people with binge eating disorder are often overweight or obese, they have a higher risk of these cardiovascular problems:
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal cholesterol levels
- Heart disease
Bulimia nervosa and cardiovascular health
Bulimia is characterized by a damaging cycle of eating a great deal of food within a short period of time, followed by efforts to purge those calories from the body. The purging may involve self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise or fasting.
Bulimia can result in several life-threatening health complications, including electrolyte imbalances induced by purging behaviors. Electrolyte imbalances can lead to irregular heartbeats. It’s also possible for heart failure to occur.
Heart Center of Las Vegas at MountainView Hospital features compassionate specialists who want you to know that no matter what your challenges are, we can find personalized solutions that help. From emergency care to interventional cardiology to cardiac rehabilitation—you’ll find it all here at our state-of-the-art hospital. You can request a referral to a specialist by calling a nurse at (702) 962-5021.