What role do vitamin D levels play in improving my heart’s health?

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Vitamin D may help your heart by preventing or treating high blood pressure and warding off the buildup of plaque in the arteries. A large study of health professionals by the Harvard School of Public Health found that men with low levels of vitamin D had double the risk of suffering a heart attack than men whose levels were sufficient. Studies also link insufficient vitamin D levels with other heart conditions, including stroke and heart failure, and with cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Still, more research is needed before drawing firm conclusions about the role of vitamin D in cardiovascular health.

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