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I didn't want to hijack catbells' post, but it's a similar theme so I'm hoping she will chime in along with some others.
So... Following on from catbells' post ("think I'm being over anxious?")...

I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with cardiac complications from RAN?

My D is 26 and I have absolutely no involvement in her treatment (actually I'm not sure if she's in any treatment, she tells me nothing) but she has started to let a few things slip to me.

She told me yesterday that she has almost constant chest pain, everyday. She says it has been like this almost a year, but worse in the last couple of months. She describes the pain as a constant ache, sometimes with sudden sharp stabbing pains. No tightness or referred pain in the left arm or jaw. She puts it down to anxiety but I'm not so sure and am very worried. Around this time last year a 24 hour holter monitor showed a short run of AF, and in about June an ECG showed an incomplete bundle branch block. She has had multiple (and I mean MULTIPLE) ECGs, the rest of which have been normal.

Current stats are 174cm, 46Kg (BMI 15.2).
hello there, I'm sorry you are worried about your daughter. But...you know her weight and BMI are too low. If, and I know how hard it is, you can persuade her to go with YOU for a cardiac check I would so so, as of course ECGs are only a snapshot at the time of the ECG and I would say she might need to wear a monitor or something for a short period if she is in agreement. Even if she will not share the ongoing dialogue with you she might need a bit of convincing for herself and this might do it. I know how hard this is but its good she shared this with you and that's got to count for a lot. She might well be worried herself to share, so another ECG is definitely In order. Like you, my D eventually, and I stress eventually, had regular ECGs and at the very first one at a new hospital they picked up irregularities but she did not share that at the time. X
Everhopeful, I can full understand your concerns about your daughter. We are not doctors here, and in no way can we say whether or not your D has heart issues. As you know she is significantly underweight, and it sounds as though she has been sick for sometime. 
I agree with doitagain she does need full cardiac assessment, it may even be that the chest pain is anxiety, but other things are going on.
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Mostly recovered 10 years later.  Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.

My non ED mom had chest pain and in irregular ECG. After investigation it turned out to be a shortage of potassium, easily fixed by supplements. There are lots of less serious causes but obviously a proper medical investigation is necessary.

My very much younger son is sometimes soothed when he suffers medical consequences of restricting by such stories of simple solutions and will agree to get checked out. Obviously, that may not work with your daughter.

Wishing you strength and success getting her to care. Please God it is something simple.

Warm wishes,
2015 12yo son restricting but no body image issues, no fat phobia; lost weight IP! Oct 2015 home, stable but no progress. Medical hosp to kick start recovery Feb 2016. Slowly and cautiously gaining weight at home and seeing signs of our real kid.

May 2017 Hovering around WR. Mood great, mostly. Building up hour by hour at school after 18 months at home. Summer 2017 Happy, first trip away in years, food variety, begin socialising. Sept 2017, back to school FT first time in 2 years. [thumb] 2018 growing so fast hard to keep pace with weight
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