Scientists in Denmark said an inexpensive food supplement helped reduce heart
death among patients who had previously suffered heart attacks.
The supplement, known as Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, plays a role in helping convert
food into sugars that cells need to function. It is found in high levels in
healthy heart tissue but studies have shown it decreases in patients who have
suffered a heart attack, the Daily Telegraph said Friday.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Heart Center at Copenhagen University
Hospital, said of the 420 patients included, after two years, fewer had been
hospitalized for another heart-related incident after taking CoQ10 and more of
those patients were alive.
"CoQ10 should be considered as a part of the maintenance therapy of patients
with chronic heart failure," said Professor Svend Mortensen, who led the study.