Vitamin D Correlates with Markers of Inflammation and Cardiac Risk
Posted Sep 16 2010 10:38pm
Low levels of vitamin D linked with reduced survival rates in patients with heart failure.
The study, conducted at the University Medical Center, Groningen, in the Netherlands, also suggested that low levels of Vitamin D are associated with activation of the Renin Angiotensin System (RAS – a pivotal regulatory system in heart failure) and an altered cytokine profile.
“By showing that vitamin D is an independent predictor, we hoped to prove that it is a contributory factor to, rather than peripheral to, the development and prognosis of heart failure. With this new information, we then hope to provide better insight into the pathophysiology of heart failure,” said researcher Licette Liu.