Coronary atherosclerosis in anorexia nervosa
Article first published online: 26 AUG 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 34, Issue 3, pages 375–377, November 2003
How to Cite
Birmingham, C. L., Lear, S. A., Kenyon, J., Chan, S. Y. M., Mancini, G.B. J. and Frohlich, J. (2003), Coronary atherosclerosis in anorexia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 34: 375–377. doi: 10.1002/eat.10190
- Issue published online: 26 AUG 2003
- Article first published online: 26 AUG 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 NOV 2002
- coronary atherosclerosis;
- anorexia nervosa;
- eating disorders;
Chest pain is a common complaint in patients with anorexia nervosa (AN). Of those who experience chest pain, about 20% meet the diagnostic criteria for typical or atypical angina.
We compared the intima-medial thickness (IMT) of the carotid artery measured by ultrasound in AN with controls and found no difference.
Results and Discussion
Although clinically relevant atherosclerosis can occur in patients with a normal IMT, there is a strong correlation between carotid IMT and coronary atherosclerosis. This suggests that an atherosclerotic origin of chest pain in AN patients is unlikely. © 2003 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 34: 375–377, 2003.