Effective and safe therapy with coenzyme Q10 for cardiomyopathy
This study examined the effect of coenzyme Q10 on the pumping function of the heart in patients with heart failure (cardiomyopathy). 88 out of 115 patients completed the study. The cardiac output (ejection fraction) and improvements in physical performance were measured according to the classification of the New York Heart Association (NYHA). Among patients who received CoQ10, the greatest improvements occurred in those who had the most severe symptoms. Here, the cardiac output improved by 2-3 times. 73 out of 88 patients reached an improved NYHA classification level. The results of this study show that coenzyme Q10 - an important energy carrier in cellular metabolism - can contribute to an improved performance of the heart muscle, thereby adding to its use as a supportive treatment of heart failure. Further details can be found in the study.
The heart is the “motor” of our body, contracting about 80,000 times a day to pump the blood through our circulatory system. It is the mechanically the most active organ of our body. The actual “work” is performed by billions of muscle cells that contract at the same time to form the heartbeat. And just like in a car, the biological motor “heart” needs energy to function properly. Micronutrients are the most important carriers of biological energy for an optimum contraction of the heart muscle cells. A long-term dietary deficiency of micronutrients leads to an insufficient contraction of the heart muscle cells, to a suboptimal pumping function of the heart and eventually to heart failure (cardiomyopathy). Typical heart failure symptoms include shortness of breath, edema and chronic fatigue, making everyday activities such as house cleaning, walking or going to the supermarket very difficult.
Langsjoen PH, Folkers K, Lyson K, Muratsu K, Lyson T, Langsjoen P. Effective and safe therapy with coenzyme Q10 for cardiomyopathy. Klin Wochenschr. 1988 Jul 1;66(13):583-90.