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ESC Heart Fail ; 2019 Dec 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31877587


AIMS: The definition of sarcopenia based on appendicular lean mass/height (2) (ALM/height (2) ) is often used, although it can underestimate the prevalence of sarcopenia in overweight/obese patients with heart failure. Therefore, new methods have been proposed to overcome this limitation. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence of sarcopenia by three methods and compare body composition in this population. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 168 male patients with heart failure (left ventricular ejection fraction <40%). Sixty-six patients (39.3%) were identified with sarcopenia by at least one method. The lower 20th percentile defined as the cut-off point for sarcopenia was 7.03 kg/m2 , -2.32 and 0.76 for Baumgartner's (20.8%), Newman's (21.4%), and Studenski's methods (21.4%), respectively. Patients with body mass index (BMI) <25 kg/m2 were more likely to be identified by Baumgartner's than Studenski's method (P < 0.001). However, in patients with BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2 , Studenski's and Newman's methods were more likely to detect sarcopenia than Baumgartner's method (both P < 0.005). Patients were further divided into three subgroups: (i) patients classified in all indexes (n = 8), (ii) patients classified in Baumgartner's (sarcopenic; n = 27), and (iii) patients classified in both Newman's and Studenski's methods (sarcopenic obesity; n = 31). Comparing body composition among groups, all sarcopenic groups presented lower total lean mass compared with non-sarcopenic patients, whereas sarcopenic obese patients had higher total lean mass than lean sarcopenic patients. CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate that the prevalence of sarcopenia in overweight/obese patients is similar to lean sarcopenic patients when other methods are considered. In patients with higher BMI, Studenski's method seems to be more feasible to detect sarcopenia.