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11 January 2008

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart and Stroke Risk

People with low vitamin D levels face an increased risk of heart attack, heart failure and stroke. The danger is particularly acute among those with high blood pressure.

Researchers examined more than 1700 people over a period of 5 years, taking periodic blood samples to gauge vitamin D levels. Those with low levels had a 60 percent higher risk of suffering from a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, heart failure or stroke.

The risk was doubled among in people with both high blood pressure and vitamin D deficiency.


* Reuters January 7, 2008

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