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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Helpers for Your Failing Heart

A group of people with heart failure was studied to see how well they responded to COQ10 and other antioxidants.  Patients had a 40% or lower ejection rate and had been diagnosed for at least six months.  Daily dose of COQ10 was 350 mg.  Pycnogenol was the antioxidant used in this study.

None in this group was taking statin drugs or supplements because of the impact on COQ10.  Statins deplete this critical enzyme.

In this 12 week study the improvement level was very good for 86% of the participants and these included -

Ejection fraction increased by 22.4%
Quality of life issues improved from 43% to 54% 
3.3 times longer walking distance on treadmill
Decrease in distal edema
Decrease in blood pressure by 8% both systolic and diastolic
Decrease in heart rate
Decrease in respiratory rate up to 8.25%

Selections from Natural Health News

Feb 02, 2011
September 22, 2008 — A new study has found that older adults with severe subclinical hypothyroidism had almost double the risk of developing heart failure (HF) compared with those with normal thyroid function over a 12-year follow-up . ...
Jul 05, 2011
Atrial fibrillation is often asymptomatic and is not in itself generally life-threatening, but it may result in palpitations, fainting, chest pain, or congestive heart failure. People with AF usually have a significantly increased risk of ...
Mar 27, 2007
An extract from the leaves of the crataegus, or hawthorn tree, already available in Europe, extended the lives of patients with congestive heart failure who were already receiving medicinal treatment by an average of four months, ...
Dec 23, 2008
Dec 22 - In patients hospitalized with acute decompensated congestive heart failure, low total cholesterol levels independently predict a higher risk of in-hospital death, a report in the December issue of the American Heart Journal ...

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