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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

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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