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Low Vitamin D linked to raised male heart attack risk

Low levels of vitamin D appear to be associated with an increase in the risk of heart attack in men, US researchers say.

They analysed medical records from 454 men who had a non-fatal heart attack and 900 men with no history of heart disease.

Men with vitamin D levels of 15ng per ml of blood or less had 2.4 times the risk of a heart attack than those with 30ng/ml of vitamin D or more.

The increased risk remained after adjustment for family history, BMI, alcohol consumption, physical activity and lipid levels.

Arch Intern Med. 2008;168:1174-80

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