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Doctors in Mexico Show Benefits of Healthy Diet, Exercise in Heart Failure Patients

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December 3, 2015

Doctors in Mexico have shown the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise in patients with heart failure, in research presented at the Mexican Congress of Cardiology 2015.

Heart failure is a life threatening condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body. The typical symptoms are breathlessness, swollen limbs and fatigue.

In Mexico there are 750,000 patients living with heart failure and the problem is growing. It is estimated that 75,000 more patients will get heart failure each year.

"Just 25% of men and 38% of women with heart failure in Mexico will be alive after five years," said Dr Arturo Orea, study author and cardiology service coordinator at the National Institute of Respiratory Disease (Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias "Ismael Cosío Villegas") in Mexico City. "Medication can improve the outcome of heart failure, but for most patients the future is still not very bright."

Dr Orea's previous research shows that 40% of patients with heart failure in Mexico have diabetes, 41% have high cholesterol, 57% have high triglycerides, one-quarter are obese, 55% have high blood pressure, 31% smoke and less than 1% are physically active.

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