Iron deficiency in the heart

30 July 2019
Presented by Heather Jameson.

BLOOD-CELLS

Computer generated image of Red blood cells travelling in a blood vessel

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Iron deficiency is one of the most prevalent nutritional deficiences in the world, affecting an estimated 2 billion people, according to the World Health Organisation. It is commonly associated with anaemia. Iron deficiency anaemia is where the body cannot produce enough healthy red blood cells due to a lack of iron. But new research in mice suggests that iron deficiency in hearts can lead to heart failure, even in patients who are not anaemic, and have otherwise normal levels of iron in their body. Heather Jameson spoke with study author Samira Lakhal-Littleton...

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