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Heart failure patients with low vitamin C levels may be
at higher risk of complications, and they may also have worse longterm outcomes. In a study
of 212 people with heart failure (a condition resulting from the heart’s inability to pump an adequate amount of blood through the body), researchers examined the relationship
between vitamin C intake and high-sensitivity
C-reactive protein (hsCRP). “Increased levels of hsCRP means a worsening of heart failure,” says lead researcher Dr. Eun Kyeung Song. “We found that adequate intake of vitamin C was associated with longer survival in patients with heart failure.” Low vitamin C levels were also linked to complications including visits to the emergency room or hospitalization due to heart problems, even after controlling for factors like age, gender, body mass index, and medications. Study authors report that this is the first study to demonstrate a link between low vitamin C status and reduced outcomes for heart failure patients.
“Low Vit C Levels May Increase Risk for Heart Failure Patients” by Nathan Gray, www.
nutraingredients-usa.com, 11/14/11 • “Vitamin C Deficiency, High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein, and
Cardiac Event-Free Survival in Patients with Heart Failure” by E. Kyeung Song et al., Circulation, 11/11