Make CoQ10 standard for heart failure: study

The results of the multicentre trial, which included Australian participants, were presented at the Heart Failure 2013 congress in Lisbon at the weekend.

Lead author Professor Svend Aage Mortensen said CoQ10 was "the first medication to improve survival in chronic heart failure since ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers".

CoQ10 works as an electron carrier in the mitochondria and is the only antioxidant humans synthesise.

Levels are decreased in the heart muscle of patients with heart failure, with the deficiency becoming