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Low Levels of Vitamin D Associated with Heart Attack

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An article published in the June 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine reports that men who have low levels of vitamin D are at a higher risk of heart attack  (myocardial infarction).

It has been shown that deaths related to cardiovascular disease are more frequent in higher latitudes and during the winter months – when and where the sun rarely shines – and are less frequent at higher altitudes. Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D. (Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston) and colleagues note that, “This pattern is consistent with an adverse effect of hypovitaminosis D [vitamin D deficiency], which is more prevalent at higher latitudes, during the winter and at lower altitudes.” Although there are most likely several reasons for these observations, researchers do know that vitamin D impacts the body in ways that affect the risk of heart attack and heart disease.


Medical News Today; June 10, 2008

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Written by heartcurrents

February 13, 2010 at 4:53 am

Posted in heart conditions

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