Could diet pills cause heart failure?

Possibly. During the phenertermine scare several years ago, certain valvular disorders as well as pulmonary artery hypertension were associated with its use in weight loss regimens. Heart failure was a possible result. Some older diet pills are variants of amphetamines, which is a "sympathomimetic". Chronic use of such agents can lead to cardiomyopathy that may result in heart failure. New agents better?

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I took ephedra/asprin/caffeine diet pills for about 8 years. Could they have caused my heart failure?

Possibly. Every cell in the body needs an adequate supply of energy, especially the heart since it beats 70-80 times a minute for life. You may have upset energy balance and would benefit from vitamin therapy. See my blog "oxygen the spark of life and look at some of the older posts. Read more...

If I used diet pills like all the gals in the 70s, am I at risk for heart failure later in life? Should I be tested?

Depends. Depends on agent and duration of exposure. Talk to your doctor. He may recommend a simple echocardiogram (done in a competent lab) to assuage your concerns. Read more...

Husband has been diagnosed with stage four cirrhosis caused by heart failure. As his caregiver what can I do to prolong his health? Diet? Prognosis

Get second opinion. Heart failure seldom causes advanced cirrhosis without a previous stormy course. Perhaps there has been confusion or a miscommunication. The prognosis depends on the cause of his heart failure & liver disease the combination of cirrhosis and heart failure makes me think of missed hemochromatosis -- if that's the diagnosis, he may be curable. Read more...

If I change my diet, would I be able to avoid heart failure?

Yes. Many studies have shown that individuals that consume fewer calories, more fruits and vegetables and less saturated fats tend to have lower risks for cardiovascular disease. Low-salt diets have also been recommended for people at risk for heart failure. Exercise, quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake also helps reduce cardiovascular risk. Read more...
CoQ. Consider coq 10 supplementation in relatively higher doses. Heart muscle depends heavily on mitochondria, and coq is very important in mitochondrial function. Eat coconut oil, and lots of organic vegetables. Read more...

Heart failure diet to lose water retention?

Low sodium. The most important thing--almost the only thing--is to restrict the sodium content of your diet. Sodium will cause fluid retention. Read more...

I have extra genetic mutations for breast cancer & heart failure What's the likelihood that these genes will turn on & can I use diet to keep them off?

Complex genetics. Recommendations on gene mutations are best given by a medical geneticist, who needs a detailed understanding of the exact test that you had done and the detailed results. Many gene mutations cause a loss of function so you don't necessarily want to turn off the mutated gene. Modern genetics is discovering many genetic markers that convey only small risk of disease, and may require no treatment. Read more...

What could cause heart failure in a 20 year old?

Many causes. However what is most likely is a viral etiology- which can cause a viral cardiomyopathy- a sluggish heart and life threatening condition. Read more...