Men who regularly eat processed red meats may raise their risk of developing heart failure and dying from it. (Courtesy of iStockphoto)
Men who regularly eat processed red meats may raise their risk of developing heart failure and dying from it. (Courtesy of iStockphoto)

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Hey, guys, listen up: Steaks may be a safer bet heart-wise than hot dogs and salami, a new study suggests.

Men who regularly eat processed red meats may raise their risk of developing heart failure and dying from it, Swedish researchers say.

And as consumption of processed red meats goes up, the study concluded, so does the risk for heart failure, which means the heart can’t pump blood as well as it should.

Men who ate roughly 2.6 ounces a day — the equivalent of 2 or 3 slices of ham — of processed red meats had a 28 percent higher risk of heart failure and more than twice the risk of death from heart failure compared with men who ate less than one ounce of processed meat daily, the researchers found.

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