Red Meat Linked to Acute Heart Failure Deaths
A new study published in the journal Heart sheds some light on the connection between red meat and mortality rates in patients with acute heart failure. Red meat is a source of L-carnitine, which is broken down into a metabolite called trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) by our gut’s bacteria. TMAO has been known to be associated with mortality rates in chronic heart failure, yet this new research raises alarm for meat-eaters with the acute condition.
The research team, led by professor Toru Suzuki of the University of Leicester’s Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, details the findings of the study:
“Our study shows that higher levels of TMAO, a metabolite of carnitine derived from red meat, is associated with poorer outcomes associated with acute heart failure, one of the main diseases of the heart.”
The link between red meat and heart disease is still being researched and understood, yet this new information is important to consider for anyone trying to find the most healthy diet to support longevity.