An Article in ‘About Health’.
By Adrienne Dellwo, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Expert
Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is considered a multi-system illness with dysfunction in the immune system, central nervous system and hormones. However, research is suggesting that the abnormalities don’t stop there — ME/CFS is being tied to several irregularities in the heart.
These irregularities include:
- Low nocturnal heart rate variability
- Small left ventricle (in one subgroup)
- Postural tachycardia
- Short QT interval
- Abnormal cardiac wall motion with exercise (in certain subgroups)
- Low blood volume & reduced cardiac function
These irregularities may be to blame for some of the key symptoms of ME/CFS. They may also point to the importance of working to maintain heart health to lower the risk of cardiac problems.
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