Poor Olfaction in Older Adults Linked to Incident CHF

11 Jun 2024 • Olfaction test may help predict the long-term risk of CHF in older adults. The relationship between olfaction and the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and congestive heart failure (CHF) was examined in this study.

  • It included 2537 older adults, and olfaction was assessed using a smell identification test. The cause‐specific hazard ratio (HR) of CHF after adjusting the demographics, risk factors, and biomarkers was 1.32 for moderate and 1.28 for poor olfaction.

  • The results showed that olfaction was significantly associated with incident CHF, but not with CHD or stroke. The association between olfaction and CHF was particularly evident in participants who reported very good to excellent health.

This suggests that olfactory impairment could be a novel marker or potential contributor to congestive heart failure.

Source:Journal of American Heart Association | Read full story

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