Lack of access to healthy food may raise risk of death from heart failure

Lack of access to healthful food was linked to heart failure deaths in over 3,000 U.S. counties.

Heart failure deaths were considerably lower in communities with more grocery shops and local, healthful food.

Food insecurity was linked to heart failure deaths by county.

This research is one of the first to examine local food contexts with heart failure mortality.

The heart muscle weakens and stops pumping blood in chronic heart failure.

Researchers examined county-level food environments and heart failure mortality rates.

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