Harvard Heart Letter

Dietary vitamin E and heart failure

Men who consume the most vitamin E are at increased risk for heart failure, while those with the highest vitamin C levels have a lower heart failure risk, finds an 11-year study of men ages 60 to 79.

S. Goyha Wannamethee of University College London led the study, which followed nearly 4,000 men. In men who had a previous heart attack, high vitamin E consumption increased risk of heart failure by 23%.

Men with the highest levels of vitamin C in their bodies, however, had a 19% lower risk of heart failure, regardless of whether they'd had a previous heart attack.

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