The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Coenzyme Q predicts survival in heart failure

    Researchers from New Zealand tell us, “Coenzyme Q10 deficiency might be detrimental to the long-term prognosis of congestive heart failure (CHF).”

    First, the details.

    • Blood samples from 236 elderly patients with CHF were tested for LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, and total coenzyme Q10 levels.
    • The patients were followed for more than 2 years.

    And, the results.

    • The range of coenzyme Q10 blood levels ranged from 0.18 to 1.75  µmol/L.
    • Coenzyme Q10 concentrations down to a cut point of  0.73 µmol/L predicted survival.
    • It remained a good predictor even after adjusting for possible confounding factors such as age, gender, previous heart attacks, etc.

    The bottom line?
    Coenzyme Q10 is essential for energy production in the heart. An earlier study reported that a dose of 100 mg taken 3 times daily had positive effects on the heart. Although products list a wide range of daily doses.

    Other positive statements on coenzyme Q10 are here.

    10/24/08 17:43 JR

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