It is already known that heart failure is a leading cause of hospitalization and death. Now, it appears that people with heart failure have a higher risk of fractures. Researchers found that people with heart failure had 4 times the risk of fracture and 6 times the risk of hip fracture than people with other types of heart conditions.
The reasons for the increased risk of fractures among those with heart failure are not clear. The investigators suspect that lack of exercise and poor nutrition may play a role. In the meantime, people with heart failure should be screened and treated for osteoporosis, a bone weakening disease that can contribute to fractures.