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. Calcium supplements are often given to elderly people and women who have gone through the menopause to keep their bones healthy.
Natasha Stewart, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “This research indicates there may be an increased risk of having a heart attack for people who take calcium supplements. However, this doesn’t mean these supplements cause heart attacks.
If you’ve been prescribed calcium supplements, you should keep taking your medication
“Further research is needed to shed light on the relationship between calcium supplements and heart health. We need to determine whether potential risks of the supplements outweigh the benefits calcium can give sufferers of conditions such as osteoporosis.
“If you’ve been prescribed calcium supplements, you should still keep taking your medication, but speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.”
This study was published in the journal Heart.
Our new Just Like That campaign, featuring comedy legend Tommy Cooper, is urging people to always take their medication as prescribed. We are asking anyone struggling with their medication to call our qualified nurses on 0300 333 1 333.
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