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Red meat hikes heart failure risk

New studies found that eating red meat increases the risk of heart failure, according to the study was published in the Journal Heart. The harmful chemical in red meat puts you at risk of acute heart failure.

Red meat is rich in nutrients called L-Carnitine. This nutrient is broken down down by gut bacteria and form a harmful chemical called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO).  The lead researcher Toru Suzuki from University of Leicestar in Britain says, “Patients with acute heart failure showed higher level of oxidised metabolite TMAO in those who died or had repeated admission to hospital with heart failure within the first year.”

Suzuki continues, “Our study shows that higher levels of TMAO, a metabolite of L-Carnitine derived from red meat, is associated with poorer outcomes associated with acute heart failure.”
The research was conducted in patients admitted to University Hospitals of Leicester NHS, with acute heart failure. The team measured circulating TMAO level of 1000 patients. They claim that they are the first team investigating the association of TMAO levels in acute heart failure patients.

“This metabolic pathway provides a possible link between how red meat is associated with heart disease, “Suzuki added.