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Research Article

Relationship of Vitamin D Deficiency to Echocardiographic Findings in Veterans

Hetvi Joshi1, Pablo Lopez1, Beth Bailey2, Costy Mattar3, Todd Manning4 and Alan Peiris5*
1East Tennessee State University, Department of Internal Medicine, USA
2East Tennessee State University, Department of Family Medicine, USA
3Division of Cardiology, Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Medical Center, USA
4Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Medical Center, USA
5Division of Endocrinology, Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Medical Center, USA
Corresponding Author : Alan Peiris
Division of Endocrinology
Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Medicine Service-111, Mountain Home
TN 37684, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received April 12, 2012; Accepted May 21, 2012; Published May 23, 2012
Citation: Joshi H, Lopez P, Bailey B, Mattar C, Manning T, et al. (2012) Relationship of Vitamin D Deficiency to Echocardiographic Findings in Veterans. J Clin Exp Cardiolog S3:005 doi:10.4172/2155-9880.S3-005
Copyright: © 2012 Joshi H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Objectives: Vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic levels and has been frequently found in United States veterans. This deficiency has been linked to cardiovascular disease; however few studies have examined the relationship of vitamin D status to cardiac sonography. The purpose of the current study was to examine the relationship between vitamin D and echocardiography findings.
Design: Retrospective chart review.
Setting: Veterans administration hospital in the Southeastern United States. Participants: Thirty two eligible patients were included.
Measurements: Charts were reviewed for key variables of interest, and patients with coronary artery disease and without vitamin D testing were excluded.
Results: Several of the echocardiogram parameters were significantly associated with vitamin D level and status. Those with mitral regurgitation were more than twice as likely as remaining patients to be vitamin D deficient, as were those with pulmonary hypertension. In addition, patients with aortic sclerosis were almost twice as likely to be vitamin D deficient compared with patients who were negative.
Conclusion: Pending additional studies to confirm the cardiac benefits of a vitamin D repletes state, we urge clinicians to monitor and appropriately treat vitamin D deficiency. The benefits of maintaining adequate vitamin D reserves combined with the low potential for toxicity with modest vitamin D supplementation provides clinicians with a door to improving wellbeing and possibly ameliorating cardiac valvular disease.

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