Intravenous iron supplementation improves symptoms of heart failure

Summary A multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted to evaluate the benefit and safety of long-term intravenous iron administration in patients with heart failure. For this purpose, 152 heart failure patients with iron deficiency received a daily intravenous iron supplement for one year. The treatment led to long-term improvements in the patients’ functional capacity (ability…

Selenium reduces symptoms of heart failure

Summary The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of selenium supplementation in patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy, a rare, life-threatening heart disease. One hundred subjects with a left ventricular ejection fraction of less than 45% (percentage of blood volume ejected from a ventricle during a cardiac action) and selenium deficiency took…

Curcumin is effective in the treatment of heart failure

Summary This Japanese study investigated whether curcumin can be used to treat heart failure. The study, conducted on animal models, found that curcumin administration resulted in improved systolic function. (The term systole describes the part of the cardiac cycle during which some chambers of the heart muscle contract after refilling with blood.) Furthermore, the increase…

Coenzyme Q10 effective in treating heart failure patients

Summary This study investigated the efficacy of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) in the treatment of chronic heart failure. Subjects with moderate to severe heart failure took either 300 mg of CoQ10 or a placebo daily for 2 years. Compared to the placebo group, the CoQ10 participants showed a significant reduction in deaths, primarily from cardiovascular disease,…

Taurine may reduce risk of atherosclerosis

Summary The present study investigated the efficacy of taurine supplementation against atherosclerosis and inflammation in patients with heart failure. Subjects with heart failure and an ejection fraction (percentage of how much blood the left ventricle pumps out with each contraction) of less than 50% participated in the study. Subjects took 500 mg of taurine 3…

Dietary supplement can improve pumping function of the heart

Summary In a randomized clinical trial involving patients suffering from chronic heart failure, the effect of dietary supplements containing a vitamin-mineral combination was investigated. The study was carried out at the Charité Clinic in Berlin and showed that the pumping function of the heart (left ventricular ejection fraction) was significantly improved by the dietary supplement.…

Insufficient vitamin D blood levels associated with higher risk of dying from heart failure

Summary In a comprehensive study conducted as part of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 13,131 participants were examined over a period of 12 years. The aim of the study was to find out if low vitamin D blood levels had an effect on the mortality rate of the study participants. The study…

Coenzyme Q10 supplements can reduce mortality from cardiovascular disease

Summary Another randomized double-blind study was conducted as part of an international collaboration between the universities of Copenhagen, Melbourne, Vienna, Warsaw and other hospitals. The study included 420 patients and investigated the influence of coenzyme Q10 supplementation on the progression of chronic heart failure over a period of 2 years. According to the researchers, coenzyme…

Vitamin B1 improves heart function

Summary This study evaluated the effect of vitamin B1 (thiamine) supplementation in patients with heart failure. 9 patients were given vitamin B1 or a placebo for 28 days. The results showed that vitamin B1 had beneficial effects on the heart function of the studied heart failure patients. Further details can be found in the study.…