More research needed into supplement that may help heart failure

16th April 2015

Heart specialists have called from more research into the use of coenzyme Q10 as a treatment for heart failure.

In an editorial published earlier this week, the British Cardiovascular Society, a group consisting of cardiologists and others with an interest in heart medicine, talks about the results of small trials that suggest the vitamin-like supplement may benefit people with heart failure.

But the society says:"Further large scale trials of CoQ10 in heart failure are still required, but it is difficult to see how these will be organised. There is little scope for patenting a product which has been available for such a long time. So there is unlikely to be much interest from mainstream pharmaceutical companies in funding large trials. We must hope that a public body is able to take on the challenge of organising further large scale studies of CoQ10.”

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