Many studies show that cardiovascular problems are treated & prevented by Vitamin D
As with many other health problems:
More Vitamin D is needed to treat than to prevent
Omega-3 and Magnesium probably also help
(More Cardiovascular info below this box)
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- Hypertension and vitamin D
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- Heart Attack 206 items as of Feb 2015
- Arrhythmia OR “atrial fibrillation” 130 items as of Feb 2015
- (Arrhythmia OR “atrial fibrillation”) AND Magnesium 60 items as of Feb 2015
- "C-Reactive Protein" 291 items as of Jan 2015
- TRIGLYCERIDES 293 items as of Jan 2015
- "Peripheral Artery Disease" 29 items as of Feb 2015
- "Sudden Cardiac Arrest" OR SCA 40 items as of Feb 2015
See also VitaminDWiki: Cardiovascular - general
- Cardiovascular category list with 272 items which also includes the following
The TOP articles in Cardiovascular and Vitamin D
pages in both categories Cardiovascular AND Meta-analysis
pages in both categories Cardiovascular AND Intervention
pages in both categories Cardiovascular AND Diabetes
- Vitamin D is not a cardiovascular fad like Vitamins C, E, Folic Acid, selenium, beta-caroteen, etc. – Circulation Nov 2013
- More blood was pumped by those getting 800,000 IU of vitamin D after heart failure – RCT Oct 2013
- Sudden cardiac arrest 6X worse outcome if low vitamin D – Nov 2014
- Major ECG abnormalities associated with low vitamin D and death – Sept 2014
- Cardiovascular system benefits from both Omega-3 and vitamin D – Dec 2012
- Coronary artery disease extent is associated with extent of vitamin D deficiency – April 2014
- Cardiovascular disease 50 % more likely if low vitamin D – meta-analysis Nov 2012
- Half as many heart deaths for those with high levels of vitamin D – meta-analysis Sept 2012
- Vitamin D intervention reduced death due the heart failure by 32 percent – Feb 2012
- Echocardiograms confirm problems with low vitamin D – May 2012
- 30 ng perhaps best for cardiovascular - graphs from many countries - 2011.pdf file
- Chronic Heart Failure helped with 2,000 IU of vitamin D (PRA reduced) – RCT June 2013
- Vitamin D is important for cardiovascular health – Sept 2010 nice chart and tables
- 96 % of heart failure patients had less than 30 ng of vitamin D – March 2011
- 92 percent had low vitamin D before heart surgery– Oct 2014
- 24X less Calcification of Aorta for PAD with modest level of vitamin D – Aug 2011
- Cardiovascular problems for teens if low levels of vitamin D – March 2012 - Vitamin D, cardiovascular disease and mortality.
- Cardiovascular Disease and vitamin D - April 2012
- Coronary Artery Disease predicted by low levels of vitamin D – April 2012
- Increased probability of chest aorta aneurisms with low vitamin D – Nov 2012
- Higher vitamin D levels associated with fewer vein clots decades later– Jan 2013
- Major Heart attacks occur 40 percent more often if vitamin D lower than 7 ng – Feb 2013
- Cardiovascular disease 50 % more likely if low vitamin D - meta-analysis Nov 2012
- Congestive Heart Failure patients helped with Vitamin D intervention – May 2013
- Vitamin D decreases incidence of disease has the following chart which shows that heart attacks not decreased until at least 30 ng of vitamin D
- Inflammatory diseases: review of vitamin D, with many tables – May 2014 which has CVD summary tables
See also in VitaminDWiki Cardiovascular and MORTALITY
- Female mortality predicted better by vitamin D than by C-Reactive Protein – Dec 2013
- Heart Failure early death 2X more likely if less than 20 nanograms of vitamin D – June 2012
- 14X more likely to die after first cardiovascular event if vitamin D deficient – Nov 2012 small study
- Increased heart attacks in the winter may be due to lack of sunshine – Nov 2012
- Shift workers 23 % more likely to have cardiovascular events – meta-analysis July 2012
- Heart patients 10% more likely to die for every 4 ng less vitamin D – May 2011
- Cardiovascular disease may be reduced by vitamin D – June 2011 by Dr. Grant
- All items in Mortality and vitamin D (not just Cardio) 115 items
- Far better to take Vitamin D than a baby aspirin to avoid heart problems
See also in VitaminDWiki HYPERTENSION and BLOOD PRESSURE
- Hypertension experts want still more vitamin D proof – Oct 2012
- Meta-analysis found hypertension reduced with vitamin D – Dec 2010
- Hypertension more likely with less vitamin D - Dec 2010 authors work for Kaiser Permanente
- Systolic hypertension 4X more likely if low on vitamin D 14 years before – Nov 2010
- Hypertension and vitamin D many papers
- Does vitamin D deficiency cause hypertension? 2010 with PDF
- 11 ng less vitamin D increases hypertension probability by 14 percent – Nov 2010
- Less than 15ng were 3X more likely to be hypertensive - 2010.pdf
- 25 % of racial disparity in Blood Pressure is due to Vitamin D – April 2011
- The need for low salt diets may be a myth
- Caucasian youths low on vitamin D were more likely to have hypertension – July 2011
- All items in category Hypertension 61 items
See also in VitaminDWiki STROKES
See also in VitaminDWiki Metabolic Syndrome
- Note = a combination of medical disorders which together increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
- Metabolic Syndrome and vitamin D
- All items in category Metabolic Syndrome and Vitamin D 44 items
- Sudden death 6X more likely with Metabolic Syndrome and low vitamin D – March 2012
See also web
- Cardiovascular benefits of vitamin D - Feb 2014, PDF is attached at the bottom of this page
- Arrhythmias in chronic kidney disease 2011
- Arrhythmias Life Extension date unknown - perhaps 2011
"Food, drugs, and medications. Coffee, tea, chocolate, red wine, or simply overeating may cause rapid heartbeats that may be frightening when felt but are rarely serious"
"Both magnesium and potassium are intricately involved in the heart’s electrical stability (Cybulski J et al 2004); consequently, maintaining normal functional blood levels and ratios of each is important"
- More plaque in monkey coronary arteries having less vitamin D receptors April 2012
- Vitamin D status decline during heart surgery linked to bypass machine Vitamin D Council $5 paywall July 2013
Far less decrease in vitamin D levels in children who did not use the bypass machine.
Wonder about adults as well
- How does vitamin D help heart health? Vitamin D Council Feb 2014
Links to previous blogs on Cardiovascular problems and Vitamin D
Brief review of Renin angiotensin system (RAS); Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC); Insulin resistance; Atherosclerosis; Endothelial dysfunction; Cytokines
- Vitamin D deficiency is independently associated with the extent of coronary artery disease May 2014
Deficiency associated with 30% more CAD risk, especially if Vitamin D < 10 ng
- CVD 2X more prevalent in Korea for those with less than 10 ng of vitamin D May 2012
6,000 people over the age of 50. Full text on-line
Vitamin D Council on related topics
MAYO Clinic April 2012: Pathways from vitamin D Deficiency to CVD
$4 to rent the PDF - but the following chart from the study is on Google images
Random controlled trial found NO BENEFIT with 50,000 IU weekly - Feb 2013 - strange
A randomized controlled trial of high dose vitamin D3 in patients with heart failure.
JACC Heart Fail. 2013 Feb;1(1):84-90. doi: 10.1016/j.jchf.2012.11.003.
Boxer RS1, Kenny AM2, Schmotzer BJ3, Vest M4, Fiutem JJ5, Piña IL6.
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of Vitamin D3 on physical performance in patients with HF.
BACKGROUND: HF is associated with functional decline and frailty. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with loss of muscle strength and poor outcomes in patients with HF.
METHODS: Sixty-four patients participated in a 6-month parallel design double blind RCT to test the hypothesis that oral vitamin D3 would improve physical performance. Vitamin D3 50,000 IU or placebo was given weekly; all received daily calcium. Patients were included regardless of EF and 25OHD ≤ 37.5 ng/ml. The primary outcome was peak VO2, and secondary outcomes were the 6MW, TGUG and knee isokinetic muscle strength. Between group comparisons were made using ANCOVA models that adjust for baseline measures.
RESULTS: Patients were age 65.9 ± 10.4 years old, 48% women, 64% African American, EF 37.6±13.9, 36% NYHA III, the remainder NYHA II.
At baseline the vitamin D group 25OHD was 19.1 ± 9.3 ng/ml and increased to 61.7 ± 20.3 ng/ml; in the placebo group baseline 25OHD was 17.8 ± 9.0 ng/ml and decreased to 17.4 ± 9.8 ng/ml at 6 months (between groups p<0.001).
There was no significant change from baseline to 6 months in peak VO2, 6MW, TGUG or isokinetic muscle strength.
CONCLUSIONS: Vitamin D3 did not improve physical performance for patients with HF despite a robust increase in serum 25OHD.
Vitamin D repletion in patients with HF should conform to standard adult guidelines for vitamin D supplementation.
Download the PDF from VitaminDWiki.
Strange - seems like the study did things correctly.Good amount of vitamin D, trial lasted long enough, vitamin D levels were raised high enough. Yet no benefit.
INTERVENTION Clinical Trials for (heart OR cardiovascular) and "vitamin D" 294 as of Feb 2015
- Intervention = give vitamin D and see what happens usually testing vitamin D vs placebo
- The majority of these intervention trials are for TREATMENT, rather than prevention
- Omega-3 is included in several of the trials
50 proofs that Vitamin D works (as of Jan 2015)
Proof that Vitamin D Works has the following
|Health Problem|| Treat|
click for details
|RCT = Random Controlled Trial |
* = link to additional RCT
CT = Clinical Trial
|Hypertension||T||149 to 142 mm Hg||RCT* *?, 2400 IU. 100,000 IU*||1|
|Cardiovascular after attack||T||32 % fewer deaths||CT 1000 IU||2|
|Diabetes T2||T||62 %||RCT* *, CRP reduction, 4000 IU||4|
|Congestive Heart Failure||T||90 %||RCT, 1000 IU infants (also: Adults, not RCT)||27|
|After Heart Attack||T __||+6% ejection fraction||RCT, 800,000 IU one time||34|
See also: Fish Oil / Omega-3
- Mayo Clinic on methods of dealing with Afib April 2013 at the bottom of this page Includes Vitamin D and Omega-3
- Overview: Omega-3 many benefits include helping vitamin D
- LA Times review of Fish Oil Meta-analysis April 2012
Clinical studies in recent decades have not shown that taking Fish Oil reduces chance of heart attack
Wonder - is it perhaps because you need fish oil AND vitamin D, and many people are now have low vitamin D levels?
CLICK HERE for the meta-analysis study
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