Vitamins have no impact on CVD

Taking vitamin supplements does not appear to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to the findings of two major studies presented at this week's AHA conference.

Results from The Physician's Health Study, involving 14,641 men aged 50 and over, showed that taking either vitamin E or vitamin C supplements daily had little impact on CVD risk.

The researchers found that compared with placebo, the use of vitamins showed no effect on total mortality.

Instead, vitamin E was associated with a 1.74 times higher risk of haemorrhagic stroke.

Lead researcher Dr Michael Gaziano, from the Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School, said: 'Observational data had showed that vitamins could be beneficial, but our trial data does not support the use of vitamin E and C.'

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