My 74 yr. old Mom has heart problems and is losing weight. Should I be concerned? - AgingCare.com

My 74 yr. old Mom has heart problems and is losing weight. Should I be concerned?

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She's 5'0" 92lbs. She usually weighs 100 lbs. Her heart probs have slowed her down a lot. But her recent weight loss has me concerned. She had defibrilator implanted last year.

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Could the weight loss be attributed to diuretics? Is she losing muscle mass? Is she dehydrated at all? She is less than 10% underweight, but her MD should be looking at bloodwork on a regular basis to make sure all systems are a go.
You could ask her MD to order PT for range of motion. It would also help him if you can track her blood pressure and heart rate and O2 saturation daily.
Weight loss is always a concern for the older patient, if they are forgetting to eat or show disinterest in food, talk it over with the MD.
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