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New studies in US show that Vitamin D may help heal damaged hearts & taking steps to recover from depression can boost vitamin D & improve hearth health.


Vitamin D can heal damaged hearts

AFP News Agency

Vitamin D and the healthy heart was the focus of two studies presented at the American College of Cardiology conference in Chicago recently.


One study focused on two measures of vitamin D (total vitamin D, bioavailable vitamin D), which when too low can predict the likelihood of heart attack, stroke, heart failure or death.

Some 4,200 people aged 52 to 76 were studied. Most already had coronary artery disease (70 percent) and one quarter were diabetic.


Another study focused on depression, a known risk factor for heart attack, stroke and even death.

Taking steps to recover from depression and boost vitamin D levels may improve heart health.

Researchers studied a registry of more than 7,500 people and found when depressed patients get effective treatment, they can lower their risk of heart damage to the same level as a person who never suffered from depression.

Prompt, effective treatment of depression appears to improve the risk of poor heart health.

Those who remained depressed had higher rates of heart problems -- at a rate of about six percent, compared to around four percent of people without depression.

The key conclusion of the study is: If depression isn't treated, the risk of cardiovascular complications increases significantly.

The research for both studies was carried out at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City led by Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist.


The BBC provides a lot of useful background information about vitamin D in their article on vitamin D and the heart this week (see here):

1. Vitamin D is made in the skin when exposed to sunlight.

2. Vitamin D also comes from oily fish, eggs and is added to many so-called fortified foods such as breakfast cereals and milk.

3. Many people are deficient in Vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency), often because they do not get enough exposure to sunlight during the day.

4. The skin's ability to manufacture vitamin D also gets less effective with age.

5. Vitamin D supplements may help people with diseased hearts.

6. Vitamin D is important for healthy bones and teeth and is also believed to improve the hearts' ability to pump blood around the body.


According to WebMD:

"Many of the foods we eat have no naturally occurring vitamin D. Fish such as salmon, swordfish, or mackerel is one big exception -- and can provide a healthy amount of vitamin D in one serving. Other fatty fish such as tuna and sardines have some "D," but in much lower amounts. Small amounts are found in egg yolk, beef liver, and fortified foods like cereal and milk. Cheese and ice cream do not usually have added vitamin D" (see here). (not updated yet)

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boost : to increase - เพิ่ม

cardiology : the medical specialty of treatment of diseases and conditions of the heart and circulatory system -

cardiovascular : including the heart and blood vessels - หัวใจร่วมหลอดเลือด

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coronary artery : either of the two arteries that supply blood to the heart - หลอดเลือดแดงใหญ่ที่หัวใจ

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deficiency : lacking something -

deficient : not having enough of something that you need -

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diabetic (noun): a person who has the disease diabetes - ผู้เป็นเบาหวาน

disease (noun): a health problem and problem with a person's body, often caused by an infection, either from a bacteria or virus - โรค

effective : producing the result that was intended - ได้ผลดี

epidemiologist : a scientist who studies the spread and control of diseases - นักระบาดวิทยา

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heart attack (noun): a sudden serious medical condition in which the heart stops working normally, sometimes causing death - อาการหัวใจวาย

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occur : to happen - เกิดขึ้น

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prompt : immediate or quick - ทันที

provide : to give someone/ something that they want or need - จัดหาให้, จัดเตรียมไว้ให้

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recently (adverb): not long ago - เมื่อไม่นานมานี้, เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้

recover (verb): to become normal and healthy again - ฟื้นฟูสภาพ, ฟื้นฟูร่างกาย

registry : a place where the names of people who are registered and included on an official list are written down -

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risk factor : something that can make having a disease or medical condition more likely -

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skin : the outside covering of the body - ผิวหนัง

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stroke : a medical condition is which the blood flow is suddenly stopped and cannot reach the brain - อาการเส้นโลหิตในสมองแตกอย่างเฉียบพลัน

study : a project that looks at some subject in great detail and produces a report to share the information - งานวิจัย

suffer : to be badly affected by a very difficult or unpleasant situation - ประสบความลำบาก

supplement : a pill or special food that you take or eat when your food does not contain everything that you need - อาหารเสริม

treat : to provide medical care - รักษา

treatment : the process of providing medical care - การรักษา

vitamins : various substances that the body needs to stay healthy - วิตามิน


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