New study says a plant-based diet cuts the risk of heart failure by 40%

Mail Online | 4/22/2019 | Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com
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Eating a plant-based diet could lower the risk of needing treatment for heart failure, a new study finds.

Researchers say that consuming a diet heavy in fruits, vegetables, beans and fish lowered the risk of being hospitalized with heart failure by up to 41 percent.

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A Southern diet - rich in fried food and processed meats - raised the risk as high as 72 percent.

The team, led by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, says the findings show the important of heart failure prevention, a condition that is difficult to treat and requires costly healthcare.

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Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood and oxygen throughout the body.

More than 5.7 million US adults suffer from heart failure and that number is expected to only rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Approximately half of all people who develop heart failure die within five years of being diagnosed.

The CDC says heart failure costs the US an estimated $30.7 billion each year.

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Prevention strategies currently include quitting smoking, lowering high blood pressure and eating a healthy diet.

For the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the team looked at more than 16,600 adults aged 45 and older from the REGARDS study.

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