Fibromyalgia Common in Heart Failure Patients, Study Finds

Fibromyalgia Common in Heart Failure Patients, Study Finds
Fibromyalgia is common among patients with chronic heart failure, according to research from Australia, which demonstrated that the condition was linked to poorer health outcomes. Cardiac failure patients with fibromyalgia were also more commonly affected by other diseases believed to stem from so-called central sensitivity — abnormal brain and spinal cord responses to sensory stimuli. The finding that fibromyalgia is common in this patient group provides an opportunity to address not only heart failure, but also fibromyalgia symptoms, the research team from Monash University School of Medicine in Melbourne, Australia, argued. The study, “Fibromyalgia has a high prevalence and impact in cardiac failure patients,” was published in the European Journal of Rheumatology. Earlier research showed that fibromyalgia often coexists with other chronic diseases, ranging from autoimmune conditions to infectious diseases such as hepatitis. Patients with coronary artery disease, a heart condition in which blood vessels become blocked with plaque, often have fibromyalgia. A study found that the severity of fibromyalgia followed the severity of the heart disease. But there had been no data, until now, on the prevalence of fibromyalgia in patients with cardiac failure, the Monash research team noted. The team recruited 57 heart failure patients, of which 63.2% were men. The average age of the group was 70.3 years. These characteristics differ from typical fibromyalgia patients, which are mainly you
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  1. Angela Thonbury says:

    Is there any help for me I have recently had two stents thank-you Monash Heart but the fibromyalgia is getting worse?

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