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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Men Get No Heart Benefit from Vitamins




A daily multivitamin is not useful for reducing cardiovascular risk in older men, the Physicians' Health Study II showed.

The rate of myocardial infarction, stroke, or cardiovascular death was no different between those receiving the multivitamin and those receiving placebo (HR 1.01, 95% CI 0.91 to 1.10), according to Howard Sesso, ScD, MPH, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

In addition, there were no differences in rates of total MI (HR 0.93, 95% CI 0.80 to 1.09) or total stroke (HR 1.06, 95% CI 0.91 to 1.23), or any benefits seen for either primary or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, he reported at the American Heart Association meeting here.

"The main reason for taking a multivitamin still remains to prevent vitamin and mineral deficiency," Sesso said at an AHA press briefing.

"With that being said," he added, "we also published results just a few weeks back looking at a modest but significant 8% reduction in total cancer, so given the fact that there are other endpoints to be considered in this equation, we would certainly want people to at least consider [taking a multivitamin] but wouldn't ... recommend it across the board."

06/11/2012  :  By Todd Neale  /   MedPage Today.

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