Essential forms of bacteria are less common in the stomachs of patients who have heart failure. The gut flora in these individuals’ stomachs is also less diverse than those found in the guts of healthy people. Data procured by German Centre for Cardiovascular Research scientists identified important aspects to help the medical community determine how gut colonization is tied to the development and onset of heart failure.
The Link Between Gut Health and Heart Failure
Scientists have long known that gut health and heart failure are connected. When heart failure occurs, the gut has a lower quality blood supply. The intestinal wall has more girth and is more permeable, allowing bacteria and other harmful components to seep into the blood. Scientists have also determined the composition of the gut bacteria is changed in an array of diseases such as type 2 diabetes. This information served as the foundation for the research conducted by scientists at the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research. This group studied whether and how gut flora alters in the stomachs of individuals who suffer from heart failure.