WDEL's Delaware HealthWatch
with Frank Gerace

Multivitamins and Cardiovascular Disease

Can multivitamins help prevent cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease affects more than 50% of men and 40% of women, and is a major cause of death and disability worldwide.

A recently-published study that found a reduction in cancer risk in men over 50 who took a multivitamin daily examined whether there was a reduction in the risk for heart attacks, strokes and death related to cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Howard Sesso from Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital led a study involving more than 14,000 older male doctors, split into two groups.

One group took a daily multivitamin for up to 14 years, including followup, while the other group took a placebo.

The study, whose findings appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found taking a multivitamin each day had no significant effect on cardiovascular disease risk, and that keys to cutting that risk remain a heart-healthy diet and regular exercise.

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