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heart patient with vsd, after operation can't gain weight

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hi doctors i was a heart patient with vsd after operation its good now but i never gain weight about 12 years ago i had open heart i eat much all the time but cant gain weight my height is 5 and weight is 36 kg can u help plz


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replied December 24th, 2012
Heart Disease and Heart Attack Answer A41179
Hi,
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. As the surgery was done long time ago, it VSD doesn’t seem to be the likely reason for the poor weight gain. You need to look for other causes of the same. These can be diabetes mellitus which can be ruled out by doing a fasting and post meal glucose and an HbA1c. Hyperthyroidism can be confirmed by doing the thyroid function tests. A stool analysis should be done to rule the presence of worms in stools which can be an important cause of poor weight gain. A kidney and liver function tests including hepatitis B and C should be done as the can also produce a reduced weight gain. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.


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