Heart attack: The vitamin deficiency ‘doubling’ your risk of a deadly incident

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Heart attacks present few warning signs before they strike, adding to their deadly nature. An incident occurs when blood flow to the heart becomes obstructed, depriving the vital organ of oxygen. The condition usually results from years of poor dietary and lifestyle choices that gradually contribute to the narrowing of arteries. Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Adbeh from Medicine Direct, explains that underlying vitamin deficiency could hike the risk of an incident.

“However, research has indicated that a vitamin d deficiency may be linked to heart disease and an increased risk of hypertension,” explained Mr Abdeh.

“The increased risk of heart attacks may be due to the associated conditions caused by vitamin D deficiency.

“Both heart disease and high blood pressure increase the risk of heart attacks in people whether they have enough vitamin D or not.

“There, vitamin D deficiency may increase this risk further still.

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“Nonetheless, it has not been proven that taking vitamin D supplements can lower the risk of having a heart attack.

Although current evidence is scarce, an increasing number of studies are pointing to the link between vitamin D deficiency and increased risk of a heart attack.

Mr Abdeh continued: “Several researchers have found evidence to show that people with low vitamin D levels were doubly likely to experience a heart attack than those who had adequate levels of vitamin D.”

Vitamin D deficiency is rife in countries around the world, particularly those deprived of regular sunlight.

The nutrient is often dubbed the sunshine vitamin because it is turned into D3 through the action of sunlight, before being carried to the liver where it is transformed into active vitamin D.

Suboptimal levels can lead to a cascade of complications if left untreated, including rickets.

This is because vitamin D is central to bone metabolism and protects against respiratory diseases too.

The United Kingdom has exceptionally low levels of vitamin D, which experts are trying to rectify by putting forward calls to fortify foods.

Published at Sat, 11 Dec 2021 04:01:00 +0000

Heart attack: The vitamin deficiency ‘doubling’ your risk of a deadly incident

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