Washington: Low levels of vitamin D are associated with a markedly higher risk of heart attack and early death, according to a new research.The study involved more than 10,000 Danes and was conducted by the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital.Vitamin D deficiency has traditionally been linked with poor bone health. However, the results from several population studies indicate that a low level of this important vitamin may also be linked to a higher risk of ischemic heart disease, a designation that covers heart attack, coronary arteriosclerosis and angina. Other studies show that vitamin D deficiency may increase blood pressure, and it is well known that high blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack."We have now examined the association between a low level of vitamin D and ischemic heart disease and death in the largest study to date. We observed that low levels of vitamin D compared to optimal levels are linked to 40 percent higher risk of ischemic heart disease, 64 percent higher risk of heart attack, 57 percent higher risk of early death, and to no less than 81 percent higher risk of death from heart disease," said Dr. Peter Brondum-Jacobsen, Clinical Biochemical Department, Copenhagen University Hospital.
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