Malnutrition is a complication of Advanced Heart Failure

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: November 19, 2020

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When your body is experiencing heart failure one of this first things the heart muscle uses up is vitamin B. Studies have shown that up to one third of those with heart failure have unacceptably low levels of B1 (Thiamine) and that they were below level for all other B Vitamins.

This can result from chemical, hormonal, or physical changes that rev up metabolism and quell the desire to eat. Additionally water pills (diuretics) can wash out nutrients from the body before they can be used.

Hospital results from 100 Canadians admitted for heart failure according to the Journal of the American Diabetic Association showed that 38% were low on B6 (Pyridoxine) and 27% were deficient in B2 (Riboflavin).

These B vitamins play a vital role in energy production and the formation of red blood cells. Deficiencies are of then a cause of anemia and exhaustion that is often associated with heart failure. Correct levels of B Vitamins will help strengthen the heart muscle leading to improved heart health.

A standard multivitamin supplement can supply 100% of the daily recommended intake of all eight B vitamins needed for a healthy individual. Those with heart failure may need additional amounts of B1, B2, B4 (Adenine. Carnitine. Choline.), and B6 to counter the effects of the disease, but that remains to be tested.

Good food sources of B vitamins include meat, chicken, fish, brewer’s yeast, cereals, enriched grains, potatoes, bananas, lentils, garbanzos, soybeans and tempeh, liver and liver oil, and molasses. It can also be supplemented.

At Tampa Cardiovascular Associates of Tampa Bay, Florida we offer nutritional services for prevention and correction of health issues. If you aren’t feeling your best we would love to sit down with you for a consultation so we can look at how you are eating and set you on the best path for the greatest health improvements.

“Let food be thy medicine” – Hippocrates


Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: 19/11/2020

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