Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2013-101501
  • Women's health
  • Cohort study

In women, increased dietary antioxidants are associated with reduced risk of developing heart failure

  1. Nicholas McKeag2
  1. 1Centre for Medical Education, Queens University Belfast, Belfast, UK;
  2. 2Department of Cardiology, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Professor Pascal McKeown, Centre for Medical Education, Queen's University Belfast, Whitla Medical Building, Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7BL, UK; P.P.McKeown{at}

Commentary on

Implications for practice and research

  • A diet rich in natural antioxidants may reduce the risk of developing heart failure.

  • Well-designed intervention studies are needed to investigate the effect of a diet rich in antioxidants on heart failure incidence.


Heart failure is a syndrome comprising symptoms such as breathlessness alongside objective evidence of cardiac dysfunction. This is a common condition with a considerable economic impact on health services.1 Nutritional intake and status appear to be important in heart failure. Non-intentional weight loss in the setting of heart failure (cardiac cachexia) is an independent predictor of …

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