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Can vitamin D improve the severity of congestive heart failure?

Posted on: April 8, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD


I will always remember a young man I treated when I was a general practitioner in West Virginia. He was a coal miner working on the day shift before he got sick. For unknown reasons he developed cardiomyopathy and was in congestive heart failure (CHF). Nothing the cardiologist or I did seemed to stop his slow deterioration. He eventually died of idiopathic cardiomyopathy at age 26 leaving a wife and two young children. Today, he would have had a heart transplant. But why did his heart fail?

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1 Response to Can vitamin D improve the severity of congestive heart failure?

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    One can speculate how much more the improvement would have been had the average vitamin D levels had gone up higher than the still low 22 ng. However even at the levels attained, the results are quite striking.

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