Build-Up of Fat in the Liver Linked to Heightened Heart Failure: Study

Liver shaped paper on blue background. Flat lay, top view. Medical or eco concept.Most people know that carrying too much weight around the middle is not good for the heart, but did you know that having a lot of fat stored in your liver or fatty liver disease can also increase your risk of heart failure? A new study has found a link between excess fat in the liver and an increased risk of heart failure, so if you’re concerned about your heart health, make sure to keep tabs on your liver health as well.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition that affects nearly one in four adults in the United States. It is characterized by an accumulation of fat in the liver, which can lead to several serious health problems. NAFLD is often asymptomatic, so many people don’t even realize they have it. However, it can increase the risk of liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and other diseases. It can also lead to permanent liver damage and increase the risk of atherosclerosis, a build-up of plaque in the arteries.


There is no specific treatment for NAFLD, but lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help to reduce the severity of the condition. If you think you may have NAFLD, talk to your doctor about getting tested.

Although there is a lot of research about NAFLD, there is less information on its relationship with heart failure, a term used when the heart is not pumping blood as well as it should be. This is what led a team of researchers from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta to look into the relationship between the two conditions.

The study analyzed information from the national health survey data from 2005-2018. It was found that more than 3.8 million older adults with NAFLD, males with diabetes or coronary heart disease, were at a higher risk for heart failure. Even after adjusting for gender, age, and race, researchers found that adults with NAFLD were 3.5 times more likely to have heart failure than those without NAFLD.

“We expected a higher hazard, but not this high,” said Dr. Vardhmaan Jain, the study’s lead researcher.

“Doctors need to keep a close eye on cardiac function as well as liver biomarkers and make sure patients with heart failure are not developing fatty liver disease and vice versa,” Jain said.

There are some factors that can play a major role in NAFLD, but improving and maintaining cardiovascular health can help. These include keeping a healthy weight, quitting smoking, staying physically active, eating a healthy diet, getting quality sleep, and controlling cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure.

Protecting the Heart and Liver


As one of the most important organs in the human body, the liver works 24 hours a day to produce and process many of the chemicals the body requires. It processes over 500 functions, including hormone production, bile secretion, and converting sugars into glycogen.

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As this study shows, many factors can affect the heart, so keeping the heart strong and healthy is vital for enjoying a high quality of life as you age. Heart Rescue was designed to help support and promote heart health using a variety of ingredients, including omega-3 fatty acids, CoQ10, magnesium, and hawthorn extract. This formula’s health benefits can help strengthen the heart muscle, support circulation, and help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.


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