Vitamin D and heart disease

New examination of patient data has disclosed evidence suggesting that vitamin D levels may play a highly significant role in cardiovascular health. This was according to an article published in the American Journal of Cardiology (October 2010).
Jeffrey L. Anderson, M.D., of the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, and colleagues analyzed 41,504 patient records. Vitamin D levels were reviewed as well as heart conditions to see if there was an association.
The researchers found a 63.6 percent prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, which was associated with highly significant increases in diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and peripheral vascular disease. Levels of vitamin D were also found to be strongly associated with coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, heart failure, stroke, and mortality.
“In conclusion, we have confirmed a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the general health care population and an association between vitamin D levels and prevalent and incident cardiovascular risk factors and outcomes. These observations lend strong support to the hypothesis that vitamin D might play a primary role in cardiovascular risk factors and disease. Given the ease of vitamin D measurement and replacement, prospective studies of vitamin D supplementation to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease are urgently needed,” the authors write.