(HealthDay News) — The more fried food you eat, the greater your risk for heart failure, according to a new study. The findings were scheduled for presentation at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2015 Scientific Sessions, held from March 3–6 in Baltimore.

For the study, researchers collected data on 15,362 male doctors who took part in the Physicians’ Health Study. The men – average age 66 at the start of the study – completed food frequency questionnaires over a three-year period. During an average follow-up of about a decade, 632 developed heart failure.

In this study, men who ate fried food one to three times a week had an average 18% increased risk of developing heart failure, researchers found. When fried food was eaten four to six times a week, heart failure risk was 25% higher, and at seven times or more weekly, 68% greater.

“This study suggests that it might be wise to reduce the frequency and quantity of fried foods consumed weekly in order to prevent heart failure and other chronic conditions,” lead researcher Luc Djousse, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, told HealthDay.

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