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Vitamin D deficiency linked to cardiovascular disease

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Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, linked low levels of Vitamin D to increased risk of coronary heart disease. Their two new studies suggest that treating Vitamin D deficiency may improve heart health by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease by about 30 per cent.

The first study involved over 9400 patients reported to have low levels of Vitamin D. After first follow-up, researchers found that about 47 percent of the patients had raised their Vitamin D levels and showed a lesser risk for heart disease.

In the second study, more than 31,000 patients were placed in three different categories based on their Vitamin D levels. Patients in each category who raised their levels of Vitamin D showed lower rates of death, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure and kidney failure.

Director of cardiovascular research at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, Dr. J. Brent Muhlestein, MD said, “Vitamin D replacement therapy has long been associated with reducing the risk of fractures and diseases of the bone.” He added, “But our findings show that vitamin D could have far greater implications in the treatment and reduction of cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions than we previously thought.” The report was presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 59th Annual Scientific session.

Celebrities who have had heart problems include Jennie GarthElizabeth Taylor,Larry King and Bill Clinton.

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