CALCIUM AND YOUR HEART
DO CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS INCREASE YOUR RISK OF HEART ATTACK? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Calcium supplements may increase the risk that postmenopausal women will suffer a heart attack, the most recent analysis published in the British Medical Journal concluded. Edward Kasper, chief of clinical cardiology at Johns Hopkins, says before pulling the plug on calcium supplementation, more study is needed.
KASPER: At this point the data is a little bit conflicting. Iím not sure that we have done anything but scare a lot of older women, and we certainly havenít helped them to understand if there are risks or if there arenít any risks. It does appear from a number of different studies that there is a risk of calcium supplementation, a cardiac risk, but we have to weigh that against the evidence that calcium supplementation is beneficial in the treatment of osteoporosis. Weíve not really done the definitive kinds of studies that would be able to tell women one way or the other. :29
Kasper says for now, all women should talk with their physician about the need for calcium supplements and not just take them because everyone else seems to be doing so. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.