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 HEART ATTACK AND VITAMIN D

ANCHOR LEAD: LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH HEART ATTACKS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Vitamin D levels remain in the news with a new study showing that low levels increase the risk of heart attacks.  Rick Lange, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, says this study begs at least two questions.

LANGE:  There are a couple of things that I think are important.  I think the studies are fairly clear that there is a relationship between the levels of vitamin D and the development of heart attacks.  Now the next question however is does treating that reduce the risk?  I can’t recommend that individuals take vitamin D, even though we know that vitamin D levels are associated with heart attack, there’s no evidence yet that taking massive doses reduce that risk.  It needs to be tested in a randomized trial.  :27

Vitamin D levels in the blood are very easy to measure and the test is widely available.  Even though Lange isn’t recommending supplements at this time, he does feel that measurement may be beneficial.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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