Daily vitamin D doses 'can improve heart function'

5 April 2016

A new study has provided evidence that a daily vitamin D dose can have a positive impact on heart function in people with chronic heart failure.

The University of Leeds research analysed more than 160 patients from Leeds who were already being treated for their heart failure using proven treatments such as beta-blockers, ACE-inhibitors and pacemakers.

In the 80 patients who took daily doses of vitamin D3, the heart's pumping function improved from 26 per cent to 34 per cent, whereas those who received a placebo saw no change in cardiac function.

As such, it could be possible that taking vitamin D3 regularly can reduce patients' need to be fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

Dr Klaus Witte, consultant cardiologist at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "This is a significant breakthrough for patients. It is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness."

It was also noted that this study avoided the use of calcium-based supplements, as it is known that calcium can cause further problems for heart failure patients.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 


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