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New study sees link between slow coronary flow and vitamin D deficiency

Posted on: June 7, 2013   by  Brant Cebulla

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A new study in the journal Coronary Artery Disease reports that vitamin D deficiency correlates with slow coronary function.

To date, there’s been quite a bit of research that has noticed high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in patients with high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, and stroke and in cardiovascular mortality. Researchers speculate that vitamin D may be helpful for heart health with a beneficial role in endothelial and smooth muscle function, inflammation, and regulation of the rennin-angiotension-aldosterone system. 

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4 Responses to New study sees link between slow coronary flow and vitamin D deficiency

  1. IAW

    So how did they come to the conclusion that “◾Vitamin D was not significantly related to hypertension or diabetes”?

    • Brant Cebulla

      It’s not so much a conclusion as it is an observation. They didn’t observe any significant differences in the incidence of diabetes or hypertension between people with levels over 17 ng/ml compared to those with levels lower than 17 ng/ml.

      It doesn’t mean there isn’t a relationship between the two. In fact, there has been much research that shows there likely is. It just means in this study group, there was no relationship.

  2. bacullen@gmail.com

    @IAW/BC; How did the authors randomly choose 17 ng/ml for hypertension and diabetes and 30 ng/ml for slow coronary flow?

  3. Brant Cebulla

    @bacullen, the 17 ng/ml should read 30 ng/ml in my comment. Not sure how my typo arose, might have had that figure stuck in my head from another study.

    So should read,

    “They didn’t observe any significant differences in the incidence of diabetes or hypertension between people with levels over 30 ng/ml compared to those with levels lower than 30 ng/ml.”

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