Skeletal muscle abnormalities in chronic heart failure

Brian D. Duscha, William E. Kraus, Brian H. Annex

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We compared 26 chronic heartfailure patients with 15 normal controls matchedfor age and aerobic capacity to determine whether the skeletal muscle abnormalities in patients with heartfailure are caused by deconditioning alone. Skeletal muscle characteristics were similar in women with and without heart failure. Men with heartfailure, however, had alterations in skeletal muscle that were not observed in men without heartfailure. Larger studies are needed to establish whether the underlying pathophysiology of the disease differs in men and women, as ourfindings suggest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-39
Number of pages4
JournalCardiology Review
Issue number13
StatePublished - Nov 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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