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

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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Some studies have asserted that 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. Other studies suggest that 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. However, it has not been proven that there is a link between vitamin D and cardiovascular health; moreover, it is known that taking too much vitamin D can cause negative effects like atherosclerosis and vascular calcification. A healthy diet and time outdoors should provide adequate vitamin D for most healthy people.

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