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FOLATE AND THE HEART

ANCHOR LEAD: ONE TYPE OF B VITAMIN MAY HELP AVOID DAMAGE TO THE HEART FROM HEART ATTACKS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Folate is one member of the B vitamin family.  A Johns Hopkins study led by David Kass has just shown that in very high doses, folate can reduce damage to the heart muscle when a heart attack takes place.  Kass says more study is needed to determine just exactly  how much folate is required and when it needs to be on board.

KASS:  The heart was metabolically altered, at least by these kinds of doses of folate.  We don’t yet know how low we can really go and still get this effect, but these higher doses, its as if we built in kind of a buffer energy reserve through these high energy phosphates and that now you don’t really run out of fuel the same way.  We clogged the line and we showed that blood flow to the heart went down very similar to what it did without the therapy but the heart doesn’t seem as badly affected.               :28

Kass says previous research on the benefits of folate and other B vitamins has been disappointing, but that this study even surprised him.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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