Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Daily dose of vitamin D 'can improve function in damaged hearts'

  Daily dose of vitamin D 'can improve function in damaged hearts' Credit: Alamy

Telegraph Reporters 5 April 2016 • 10:28am

A daily dose of vitamin D can improve the blood-pumping performance of damaged hearts, a study has found.

Researchers studied 160 patients being treated for heart failure using a variety of proven drug treatments and pacemakers.

Participants who took a vitamin D3 supplement daily for one year experienced an improvement in heart function not seen in those given a dummy pill.

Lead scientist Dr Klaus Witte, from the School of Medicine at 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, known as heart failure. These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients."

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