Study strengthens links between red meat and heart disease
“Previous studies have shown links between greater red meat consumption and increased risk of heart attacks or dying from heart disease”.
This new observational study of ~20,000 people: greater intake of red and processed meat is associated with worse heart function.
Three types of heart measures were analysed:
1) Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) - volume & pumping of the ventricles.
2) Novel CMR radiomics - heart shape and texture.
3) Elasticity of blood vessels (stretchy arteries are healthier).
Greater intake of red and processed meat was associated with worse heart health across all measures studied (smaller ventricles, poorer heart function, and stiffer arteries).