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Increased Vitamin C Intake Among Heart Patients Reduces Risk Of Further Cardiac Problems

November 13, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
Inadequate vitamin C intake among heart failure patients was associated with a greater risk of further “cardiac events,” including emergency room visits or hospitalizations due to cardiac problems, or cardiac death, a Korean/U.S. study has found. Low levels of vitamin C were associated with higher levels of high sensitivity C-Reactive protein (hsCRP) and shorter intervals without major cardiac issues or death for heart failure patients. Heart failure patients who had low vitamin C intake were 2.4 times more likely to have higher levels of hsCRP, a marker for inflammation and a risk factor for heart disease compared to those with high vitamin C intake from food.
Eun Kyeung Song et al., "Low Vitamin C Levels May Raise Heart Failure Patients' Risk", News release, presentation, American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, November 13, 2011, © American Heart Association
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