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Low Vitamin D levels increase the risk of Heart attack

Jun 13, 2010 - 2 comments

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Yet another worry for those folks who don't get enough sun exposure throughout the year. Low vitamin D levels may increase the risk for Cardiovascular disease ie heart attack and stroke

If you have low vitamin D levels, correcting the deficiency may reduce the risk for heart disease, new research suggests.

The studies build on the researchers' previous work linking low levels of vitamin D to an increased risk for heart disease.

The researchers, from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, presented the new studies at the American College of Cardiology's 59th annual scientific session.

Vitamin D vs. Heart Disease: Study Details
The first study involved more than 9,400 patients whose blood tests revealed low vitamin D levels during a routine trip to the doctor.  Their average vitamin D level was 19.3 nanograms per milliliter; levels of 30 are generally considered "normal," according to J. Brent Muhlestein, MD, the Institute's director of cardiovascular research.

At their next follow-up visit, about half had raised their vitamin D levels to above 30 nanograms per milliliter.

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by twopack, Jun 14, 2010
Any speculation as to the connection between low vitamin D levels and heart disease?  Do you think it has anything to do with the resulting change in calcium levels and electrical conduction in the heart?  Just a thought.  Thanks for reporting.

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by sfx3d, Dec 12, 2010
In addition, as I understand the elevation of vit D must be associated with an increase in Mg supplements to counter any depletion in respect to vit D systemic scavenging. Oh, one other point, gladiators used to eat high barley diets to promote overall subcutaneous fat production, should help with the prominrnt vien syndrome. Personally, I drink stout to counter veinous problem, by the way, weigh these aspects against minimum required calorific intake for weight maintenance.

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