The American College of Cardiology has some good news for patients with chronic heart failure. At its 65th Annual Scientific Session & Expo held in Chicago this month, the ACC released study results showing that Vitamin D3 may improve cardiac function in heart failure patients.
The study looked at more than 160 patients who were being treated for heart failure using treatments including beta-blockers, ACE-inhibitors and pacemakers. Participants in the study took either Vitamin D3 or a placebo. The80 patients who took Vitamin D3 experienced an improvement in the heart’s pumping function from 26% to 34%. Patients who took the placebo experienced no change.
The study avoided the use of any calcium-based supplement, as these supplements have been linked to heart disease. Heart failure affects about 23 million people worldwide, so any improvement in treatment and care is welcome news.