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  • #31112
    Whitey
    Member

    I was reading a British Heart Foundation booklet in the GP’s surgery whilst waiting to have my blood test and read an article about the possible increased risk of heart attack and stroke in women taking calcium supplements. In a study of almost 24,000 people, participants who took calcium supplements regularly were shown to be 86 per cent more likely to have a heart attack.
    Is anyone else aware of this? Are we more at risk as we have to take supplements post bypass. Maybe Doodah could ask one on the surgeons for their opinion

    #47797
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    I will forward this to our surgeons to ask them for the best answer if that’s ok?

    Doodah x

    #47803
    Whitey
    Member

    Thanks Doodah

    #47802
    Paul-H
    Participant

    We do have to be a bit careful with some suppliants that we take, I know there are some that cannot be absorbed via the oral route so are pointless taking, but they still happily sell them, and there are some that we can overdose on so have to be careful not to go overboard on, but they still happily sell them without restriction. Its sometimes better to just go with the results of your blood tests before deciding to take anything extra and go with the advice of the medical professional as to the best way to get the needed supplements.

    Don’t forget that too much calcium can play havoc with your kidneys as well.

    Paul

    #47798
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    Well, as promised, here ids the answer from our very own Mr Chris Pring:

    …’You’re not more at risk. In fact you’re likely to be less at risk, because your blood levels of calcium should be monitored yearly (along with full blood count, electrolytes, liver function tests, ferritin, folate and B12) by your GP.
    The risk is for people who take calcium supplements but don’t really need them, thereby causing an excess of calcium in their blood’…

    So there you have it. I for one am very comforted by this as I have to take extra supplements due to being a woman of a ‘certain age’ and other annoying reasons.

    Hope this helps everyone

    Doodah x

    #47801
    shelleymarie
    Member

    Thanks for getting that info Doodah, that is good to know 🙂 x

    #47799
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    You’re welcome Shelley. Mr Pring is very good at getting back (quickly) with what we need to know. How lucky is that!?

    Doodah x

    #47804
    Whitey
    Member

    Thanks Doodah for getting the answer for us. Good to know we’ve got access to expert medical advice when we need it.

    #47800
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    You’re welcome. I think we are very lucky indeed that our surgeons/staff care so much. When do they ever sleep?!?!

    Doodah x

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