Author(s): Akashi YJ, Springer J, Anker SD
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Abstract Cachexia in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) has been recognized for a long time; however, it has not received much attention until recently. Cardiac cachexia, a common and serious complication of CHF, is associated with very poor prognosis. Several studies have demonstrated that increased neurohormonal and immune abnormalities may play a crucial role in the pathophysiology of cardiac cachexia. Hormonal and catabolic/anabolic imbalances of the body are likely to be responsible for the development of cachexia in CHF. Recently, ghrelin, a novel growth hormone-releasing peptide, has been widely noticed to have potential in the treatment of severe CHF and cardiac cachexia. However, further research will be necessary to identify the exact pathways involved and to find the best therapeutic strategies of using ghrelin to fight the wasting process.
This article was published in Curr Heart Fail Rep
and referenced in Cardiovascular Pharmacology: Open Access