[Article in Russian]
Iasiukiavichene L, Vasiliauskas D.
Kaunas Medical University, Institute for Cardiology; Lithuania.
Chronic fatique markedly worsens quality of life of cardiological patients. Chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome are neuro-immuno-endocrine disorders which manifest as moderate and severe even inivalidizing fatigue with psychosomatic symptoms.
External and internal stress such as psychological stress, stress after major surgery and trauma, depressive states, inadequate physical exercise, chronic heart failure, chronic viral infection, oncologic diseases, – can promote development of chronic fatigue.
Immune and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis abnormalities were found to be associated with this condition. Measurement of plasma cortisol concentration is used as basic characteristic of HPA axis function.
Measures aimed at detection of chronic fatigue in cardiological patients and its appropriate management should supplement programs of integrated rehabilitation in order to improve quality of life and facilitate return to work.
PMID: 16474312 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]