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Source: Proceedings From European Society of Cardiology Annual 2019 Scientific Congress  May 28, 2019  4 years, 10 months, 3 weeks, 1 day, 12 hours, 57 minutes ago

Feeding Gut Microbiota With Healthy Fibre Is Essential For Heart Failure Patients

Feeding Gut Microbiota With Healthy Fibre Is Essential For Heart Failure Patients
Source: Proceedings From European Society of Cardiology Annual 2019 Scientific Congress  May 28, 2019  4 years, 10 months, 3 weeks, 1 day, 12 hours, 57 minutes ago
The Fibre Study presented by Dr Cristiane Mayerhover, of Oslo University, at Heart Failure 2019, a recent scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), showed that patients who consume more dietary fibre tend to have healthier gut bacteria, which is associated with reduced risk of death or need of a heart transplant.



Gut microbiota is composed of trillions of microorganisms that have the potential to affect human health.Previous research have reported reduced biodiversity of microbes in the gut of patients with heart failure patients, due to low fibre intake."

The study also linked meat intake to higher levels of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) in patients with heart failure. Prior research has shown that increased TMAO levels are associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular events. Interestingly, gut microbiota play a role in the formation of TMAO when an individual consumes meat.

"We show an important pathway that connects diet, microbial activity, and cardiovascular disease," said Dr Mayerhofer in a phone interview with Thailand Medical News. "It would be prudent for patients with heart failure to limit their meat intake to one to two times a week."

The study involved 84 well-treated patients with chronic heart failure and 266 healthy people. The composition of gut microbes was assessed by sequencing the bacterial 16S rRNA gene in stool samples and compared between the two groups.

Patients who have had heart failure had lower biod