Sumary of Drinking This Daily Could Prevent Major Heart Complications, New Study Says:
- Reducing your risk of heart failure may be as easy as keeping your body hydrated with water, new research suggests.
- Researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health) presented their latest study during this year’s European Society of Cardiology Congress, which analyzed whether serum sodium concentration in middle age—an indication of hydration—is linked with a future diagnosis of heart failure.
- The authors also looked at any possible connections between hydration and thickening of the walls of the heart’s main pumping chamber (also known as left ventricular hypertrophy), a condition that could lead to heart failure.
- RELATED: Drinking This May Reduce Fatal Heart Disease Risk, New Study Says The trial involved 15,792 adults, ages 44 to 66, who were examined over a 25-year period during five separate visits.
- At the conclusion of the study, the investigators took into account other common risk factors for heart failure and left ventricular hypertrophy, such as age, blood pressure, kidney function, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, body mass index, sex, and smoking status.
- What did the study reveal about drinking water and heart failure risk?
- Here’s what the researchers discovered: Every 1 mmol (millimoles per liter)/l increase in serum sodium concentration in midlife was associated with an increased risk of developing left ventricular hypertrophy and heart failure 25 years after the fact.
- Shutterstock”The findings indicate that we need to pay attention to the amount of fluid we consume every day and take action if we find that we drink too little,” stated study author Natalia Dmitrieva, Ph.