Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta
Contradicting the common notion that consuming more calcium can help prevent heart disease or stroke, a recent study published in the journal Heart, says that calcium supplements may actually increase the risk of heart attacks. Authors of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study (EPIC-Heidelberg) say that calcium intake from diet doesn’t confer significant cardiovascular benefits and taking calcium supplements should be taken with caution. The research findings showed that people who used calcium supplements regularly were 86% more likely to suffer a heart attack than those who did not. Weighing in on the study, Libin Institute member and cardiologist Dr. Glen Sumner shares his perspective and comments with CBC Radio here.