Vitamin D and Heart Disease

By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-01-05 23:03:01 -0600
Started 2010-11-15 19:11:00 -0600

A new study released this week has confirmed that Vitamin D deficiency increases stroke risk but, curiously, only in whites but not blacks. This finding was especially curious given that blacks have a higher overall incidence of both Vitamin D deficiency and stroke. I have posted both a video and article discussion the study for community members to review.

This additional info regarding the importance of Vitamin D with regard to cardiovascular events should be another wake-up call to heart disease sufferers to get their Vitamin D3 (not Vitamin D2) levels checked! Remember, a stroke is to the brain what a heart attack is to the heart. Diseased arteries in the brain can signal addtional risk to arteries in the heart.


7 replies

TMShirlgirl 2011-01-04 08:25:08 -0600 Report

Was this study done with only blacks and whites? What about the other colors?

HeartHawk 2011-01-05 23:03:01 -0600 Report


LOL! No, unfortunately the study was very "black and white" with few in between shades! Seriously though, it does raise interesting questions about how Vitamin D affects us. I constantly preach that we are all just a little bit unique and "one size fits all" strategies do not make the best medicine.


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Life Saver 2010-12-29 20:28:01 -0600 Report

Could you post or e-mail me the URL to this study on Vitamin D?

I'm interested especially in D3 which I take now. I did not know of any studies that shows it lowers stroke risks.My oldest brother who was born in 1948 has had many strokes. He's a heavy drinker and smoker. He loves cigars too.
Smoking reportedly cuts your NO (Nitric Oxide) in half. My other brother who was born in 1951 passed out due to a heart attack and wrecked his car. Mom and dad both died of heart attacks in 1999 and 2002.

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quinncornwall 2010-11-24 14:54:16 -0600 Report

I am a 61 yr old male I suffered a silent heart attack probably due to my cronic pain I didn't realise it.I have an implanted deffibulator and a 100% blocked artery on right side.I had an 80% blocked caroid artey that was operated on and cleaned.Along with other meds I take Caltrate 600 D plus..twice a day.What is the differance between D3 and D2 levels and what do they mean.I have calicum and Vit D deficiency also.I know I am at risk for another heart attack or stroke..Thank you for any info.

HeartHawk 2010-11-24 21:01:45 -0600 Report


Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is far more potent and readily absorbed than D2 (ergocalciferol). Also, a common blood testing mistake is to test for Vitamin D2 (a test of kidney function) rather than D3. The proper test is called the 25-OH Vitamin D3 test. Also, note that most prescription Vitamin D supplments are Vitamin D2 not D3!

Vitamin D3 is what your body makes when you are out in the sun and what your heart needs. Everyone is slightly different as to how much supplemental Vitamin D3 they need so there is no good way to tell if you are getting enough without a blood test. There is quite a bit of controversy about what the proper blood level of D3 should be. I personally shoot for a level of 60ng/dL as prescribed by noted heart disease prevention and reversal expert Dr. Davis and require 8000IU per day to hit this blood level. Finally, note that you may need more supplemental D3 in the winter time than in the summer time for obvious reasons.


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