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Can diet reduce the risk of heart failure?

Dr. Boris Arbit, MD
Internist

The Mediterranean diet can help reduce the risk of heart failure. In fact, the Mediterranean diet is the only diet that has really been very well validated in very large, very elegant trials and proved to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure. The Mediterranean diet focuses on the good types of fats and an increase in olive oil in the diet. There have even been trends that this type of diet has beneficial effects for people with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.

The numbers specifically in some of these trials weren't enough to show statistical significance, but there were positive trends in terms of the markers of heart failure, and markers of heart disease. This is the diet recommended for people regardless of the presence or absence of heart failure with reduced or preserved ejection fraction.

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