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Vitamin D Could Significantly Reduce Heart Disease

Inadequate levels of vitamin D could significantly increase a person's risk of heart disease, stroke and death, even in people who do not have heart disease, according to a new study.


David Googhue, All Headline News, Nov 16, 2009

Orlando, FL (AHN) - Inadequate levels of vitamin D could significantly increase a person's risk of heart disease, stroke and death, even in people who do not have heart disease, according to a new study.

Researchers with the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, followed 27,686 patients 50 years old and older with no prior history of cardiovascular disease.

They said in a statement that patients with very low levels of vitamin D were 77 percent more likely to die, 45 percent more likely to develop coronary artery disease and almost 80 percent of the patients were more likely to have a stroke than patients with normal levels of vitamin D.

The findings will be presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Conference in Orlando, Fla. on Monday.

The researchers cautioned that the study was "observational," but the findings were significant enough to warrant more study on the issue.

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