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Vitamin D could help your heart: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Mar. 28, 2014

Vitamin D is good for your heart (Fotolia)


Heart disease is more severe in patients who also have a vitamin D deficiency, a new study has found.

In evaluating the vitamin D levels in 1,484 patients, researchers at Eastern Piedmont University in Novara, Italy, found 70.4% who underwent a coronary angiography — an imaging test to see how blood flows through the heart's arteries — had vitamin D deficiency.

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Not getting enough of the sunshine vitamin was associated with a 32% higher occurrence of coronary artery disease and an almost 20% higher frequency of severe disease affecting multiple vessels.

"Present results suggest vitamin D deficiency to be the cause rather than the consequence of atherosclerosis," researcher and cardiologist Monica Verdoia said in a press release. "Although evidence of benefits with vitamin D supplementation in cardiovascular outcomes is still lacking, strategies to raise endogenous vitamin D should probably be advised in the prevention of cardiovascular disease."

The study was presented at the annual scientific session of the American College of Cardiology.

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