Study: Calcium supplement could increase heart attack risk

A new study involving a popular dietary supplement found some alarming results.

Researchers say that supplement could increase your risk of having a heart attack.

Many women take them to ward off osteoporosis, but new research suggests calcium supplements may increase heart attack risk by as much as 30 percent.

New Zealand and American researchers pooled the results of 11 clinical trials, in which 12 thousand people over 40 were randomly assigned to take either a placebo or at least 500 milligrams of calcium a day for an average of almost 4 years.

The rate of heart attacks was small. About 2.7 percent of the participants taking calcium went into cardiac arrest, compared with 2.2 percent of those taking a placebo.

Yet, because so many people take calcium supplements, researchers worry it could represent a large number of additional heart attacks.

Bone loss and fractures are a major health concern for older people. Meanwhile,
calcium supplements have become increasingly popular since studies have shown they help to build bone density and reduce fractures.

More research is needed to confirm the results. But if you take calcium supplements talk to your doctor.


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