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should women on hrt with cardiac risk factors take calcium supplements?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Controversial: Researchers in a large study found that "... Increasing calcium intake from diet might not confer significant cardiovascular benefits, while calcium supplements, which might raise [heart attack] risk, should be taken with caution." the increased risk may be due to high levels of calcium from 1-2 doses of supplement as opposed to the small amounts absorbed from diet. Ask your cardiologist on this.

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Last updated Jun 29, 2012

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