Study Finds Even Subtle Forms of Liver Disease Directly Impacts Heart Health

3D Illustration of Human Liver AnatomyIf you want to keep your heart healthy, it’s important to look beyond cholesterol and blood pressure levels—even subtle forms of liver disease can significantly impact heart health.

According to a new study, even subtle forms of liver disease can have direct and lasting impacts on cardiac health. Through detailed research involving hundreds of participants, scientists have found hard evidence that specific markers indicating liver damage can be associated with long-term adverse effects on the heart – including severe complications such as stroke or heart attack. Read on to learn how some surprising results from this new study could impact your overall wellness.


The study from Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai compared patients’ FIB-4 scores with heart abnormalities visible through cardiac MRI scans. The markers are for liver fibrosis which can indicate a risk of developing severe liver disease.

It was found that elevated FIB-4 scores were associated with abnormalities in heart function and vascular dimension. Previous studies have suggested that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease was associated with cardiovascular death; however, the relationship was poorly understood.

Due to the limitations of previous studies, researchers were only able to look at how cirrhosis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can affect the heart without the mechanisms behind the link. Researchers believe the outcomes may have also been obscured by risk factors that the two conditions have in common such as diabetes. However, this new study has found missing information from previous research.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has recently released a statement saying that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a risk factor for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

This common liver condition affects more than one in four adult Americans, so it is vital to understand how it may affect heart health. After all, heart disease, not the progression of liver disease, is the leading cause of death in people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, according to the AHA.

“If 25% of the population has this potential risk factor for cardiac disease, we knew we needed to understand it more fully,” Alan Kwan, MD, author of the study. “So, our overall aim with this study was to examine the connections between the heart and the liver—a newer area of study, but one that made sense to explore further. The liver processes cholesterol and produces factors involved in blood clotting and inflammation—all of which can affect the heart—so we wanted to take a closer look at these associations.
Typically, when physicians examine the heart, they are not thinking about the liver and vice versa. However, this study indicates that healthcare professionals should be screening for liver conditions when looking at the heart. The heart and liver should not be viewed as completely separate organs in the body.

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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.