What is the real story on taking calcium supplements? On the one hand, we’re urged to get 1,200 mg of calcium daily for bone health, and on the other, we’re told that calcium supplements appear to raise risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular events. Which is correct?

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Duke Med Health News 2011 Jul;17(7):8
PMID: 21789813

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Calcium supplements and heart attack. Opposing studies sound a note of caution on too much calcium

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Harv Heart Lett 2010 Nov;21(3):1-2
PMID: 21162172

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Calcium: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Case Report
A 60-year-old Caucasian female with a history of hypertension, anxiety, depression, and osteopenia presents for her periodic health examination. Current medications include metoprolol, venlafaxine, and a multivitamin (contains 220 mg calcium). She takes calcium citrate with vitamin D (2 tablets=500 mg elemental calcium and 800 IU vitamin D), 6 tablets daily. Her total daily dose of […]

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