Vitamin D and Heart Disease

Traditionally linked with poor bone health, recent studies have found out that a low level of vitamin D may also be related with a higher risk of ischemic heart disease, a term that covers heart attack, angina and coronary arteriosclerosis.

Other studies show that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of heart attack, which in turn is a result of increased blood pressure. It is a known fact that vitamin D deficiency may lead to an increase in the blood pressure.

Many studies point out that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), heart attacks, strokes,congestive heart failure, and conditions that are associated with high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

A growing body of research points shows that for preventing heart diseases, vitamin D may be helpful. Certain studies have concluded that low levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

There is slight evidence that higher levels of vitamin D are associated with a lower risk of CHD (Coronary Heart Disease).  On the other hand, few studies have examined the possibility of CHD as a separate body of disease from cardiovascular diseases. A recent Harvard study recently emerged finding that those who are deficient in Vitamin are at twice the risk of developing a heart attack in comparison to those with sufficient vitamin D levels in their bodies.

Vitamin D may significantly bring down the risk of CHD incidence and death by reducing:

  • Diabetes and high blood pressure (termed as Metabolic diseases)
  • Thickening of the arterial walls
  • Risk of breathing infections
  • Inflammation
  • Risk of hardening or arterial calcification

Vitamin D supplements and some extra sunshine may help prevent heart disease in people with low vitamin D levels. To know whether you are vitamin D deficient or not, consult your doctor today.

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