Vitamin D and cardiovascular disease

Jared P. Reis, Pamela L Lutsey

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Vitamin D is widely known for its important role in bone health, preventing the development of rickets, osteoporosis, and fractures. However, there is a growing body of compelling evidence from several lines of scientific inquiry suggesting that vitamin D may also play an important role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD is the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for approximately 22% of deaths globally (World Health Organization 2008). Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with several cardiovascular disorders, including congestive heart failure, left ventricular hypertrophy, peripheral arterial disease, subclinical vascular disease, myocardial infarction, stroke, and related mortalities-associations that remain even after careful consideration for traditional CVD risk factors and lifestyle behaviors, including differences in dietary intakes and physical activity levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVitamin D
Subtitle of host publicationOxidative Stress, Immunity, and Aging
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781439850213
ISBN (Print)9781439850206
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


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