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Vitamin D and heart

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The authors briefly review the biological effects of vitamin D on the heart and discuss the experimental and clinical studies related to the potential protective effect of vitamin D on the cardiovascular system. Experimental and observational studies in man strongly suggest that vitamin D supplementation can benefit heart failure patients and improve cardiovascular health in the population. However, presently there are limited randomized controlled studies. The authors highlight the hypothesis that vitamin D-induced mechanisms activating calcium channels may represent a novel target for therapy in patients with heart failure.

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Correspondence to Angelo Carpi.

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M. Camici: retired.

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Camici, M., Galetta, F., Franzoni, F. et al. Vitamin D and heart. Intern Emerg Med 8, 5–9 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11739-013-0926-x

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  • Vitamin D
  • Heart