Calcium supplements and the associated risk of heart disease

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PAULA JOHNSON M.D. KentuckyOne Health Primary Care Associates

I have gotten a few questions recently about the relationship between calcium supplements and the risk for heart disease.

In October 2016, the Journal of the American Heart Association published an article stating that excessive calcium intake, especially from calcium supplements, may increase the risk of coronary artery calcification (calcium buildup in the heart arteries). Then in December 2016, the Annals of Internal Medicine published an article stating there is no association between calcium intake and calcium buildup in the heart arteries. So, what’s a person to do?

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