In women, increased dietary antioxidants are associated with reduced risk of developing heart failure
- 1Centre for Medical Education, Queens University Belfast, Belfast, UK;
- 2Department of Cardiology, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Belfast, UK
- Correspondence to : Professor Pascal McKeown, Centre for Medical Education, Queen's University Belfast, Whitla Medical Building, Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7BL, UK;
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 …