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HOW MUCH FOLATE?

ANCHOR LEAD: FOLATE MIGHT HELP PREVENT HEART ATTACK DAMAGE, BUT HOW MUCH IS NEEDED?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Folate, a B vitamin, can help prevent damage to the heart due to a heart attack.  But a lot of folate is needed, says David Kass, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins and study author.

KASS:  Our calculations were the minimum would probably be 200 something times the usual dose as much as 2000 times the usual dose.  Can we even make a pill?  I mean, that would be like a sandwich, or eating an entire field of spinach.          :13

Kass does see a very practical application for folate when a reasonable formulation is available.

KASS:  The EMT people could then be giving this intraveneously when they’re picking people up, the same time they’re starting their IVdrugs and it could have a really profound effect.  The data are striking and the implications of it if it could be translated are huge.                  :12

Kass says that right now, it’s premature to consider folate supplementation to people having a heart attack but he predicts that that day is coming.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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