Current Heart Failure Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 131–140 | Cite as

Nutritional Interventions in Heart Failure: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Conor P. Kerley
Pharmacologic Therapy (W.H.W. Tang, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Pharmacologic Therapy


Purpose of Review

There is a growing body of evidence that nutritional factors influence the incidence of heart failure (HF). The current manuscript aims to collate evidence relating to nutritional intervention in the treatment of HF as well as to provide context regarding challenges and opportunities in the field.

Recent Findings

Despite the accepted importance of nutritional factors relating to cardiovascular disease severity, there is surprisingly little human intervention research regarding dietary intake and HF. Further, existing nutritional interventions in HF were mostly pilot studies with small samples and short follow-up.


There is consistent evidence that nutritional factors majorly influence HF. Despite limited research, there is evidence that nutritional modification can rapidly and profoundly influence multiple aspects of HF. There is an urgent need for well-conducted research to ascertain if nutritional modification can alter the long-term course of HF.


Nutrition Diet Food Intervention Heart failure 



Cardiovascular disease


Cardiovascular events


Diet And Reinfarction Trial


Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension


DASH-Diastolic Heart Failure


Heart failure


Mediterranean diet


Myocardial infarction


Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chronic Cardiovascular Disease Management Unit and Heart Failure UnitSt Vincent’s Healthcare Group/St Michael’s HospitalCounty DublinIreland

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