Evaluation of malnutrition with blood ghrelin and fecal elastase levels in acute decompensated heart failure patients
Ozturk, Guzin Zeren
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Objectives: Exocrine pancreatic dysfunction may contribute to malnutrition and lack of appetite in the advanced stages of heart failure. Nutritional assessment was carried out on patients diagnosed with mild or moderate/severe heart failure. Fecal elastase levels are an indicator of pancreatic exocrine function and ghrelin is an appetite hormone which is also investigated for its contribution to malnutrition.
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