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Old 11-18-2009, 09:31 AM   #1
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Question calcium supplements? can cause heart attack

I am a post- menopausal female with osteoporosis for which i have been taking about 1000 mg of Calcium citrate faithfully for 10 years; i just came across information (it is on the internet) that calcium supplements cause calcium to get deposited in the coronary arteries and a study of about 1100 women showed an increase in heart attacks because of this. Now, i got freaked and I remain so because i won't take Fosamax or those type of drugs (fosamax can cause atrial fibrillation according to info i have read in addition to all of its other miserable side effects). I guess i will continue to take Calcium but I am interested in knowing how ya all feel about this information. I think it should be noted that this was a small study and I would think you would need more of a patient sample to really verify this but it is a frightening thing.

 
Old 11-18-2009, 08:27 PM   #2
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Yes, I have also read a while back that too much calcium can cause heart problems for women, and also kidney stones (I think). So although the recommended doses from doctors and such is usually 1200mg daily, I decided to take only 500 mg. daily in two seperate doses. I figure I get the rest through foods, such as kale, brocoli, spinach, yogurt occasionally. For me this regimen has worked out well , along with exercise(walking and weights). I had a 10.8% increase in bone density on my last dexa. I am having another dexa on dec. 8...hoping for another increase. All the best to you.

 
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:21 PM   #3
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I do what tomatojuice does. I figure I get the best absorption from whole foods so I get the majority of my calcium from food sources but a do take 500 - 600 mg in a supplement also. Seems to be working well for me and my doctor approves as well.

 
Old 11-19-2009, 07:16 PM   #4
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Yes, I have also read a while back that too much calcium can cause heart problems for women, and also kidney stones (I think). So although the recommended doses from doctors and such is usually 1200mg daily, I decided to take only 500 mg. daily in two seperate doses. I figure I get the rest through foods, such as kale, brocoli, spinach, yogurt occasionally. For me this regimen has worked out well , along with exercise(walking and weights). I had a 10.8% increase in bone density on my last dexa. I am having another dexa on dec. 8...hoping for another increase. All the best to you.
do you take Fosamax or some drug like it? if not, how do you think your bone density has increased? thanks for your reply.

 
Old 11-20-2009, 05:12 AM   #5
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do you take Fosamax or some drug like it? if not, how do you think your bone density has increased? thanks for your reply.

I seem to remember that when taking calcium that your body can only process up to 650 mg at a time,so taking it at different times during the day is the best way.

I just had my bone density test after one year, and not taking any
drugs, it showed an increase of 1.5% across the board. I think the weight bearing excercise has made a difference. I have not heard yet of any doctors suggesting not taking calcium because of heart attacks.

This is a great web site.

 
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filly1...I am also post menopausal. After being dx with osteoporosis in early 2007(-3 in lumbar spine), I began a regimen of strontium citrate(650 mg daily, at night), regular walking, and weights every other day, and diet changes, and vitamins. In Feb. 2008 I was dx with breast cancer. During surgery, chemo, and radiation treatments I had to stop the strontium and all vitamins. So for a whole year I went without the strontium and vit. But the exercise, I never stopped. I worked out during my cancer treatments, and after. Then I had a dexa that showed I no longer have osteo. I went from -3 to -2.2. Then I went back on strontium for about two months. But I stopped again, and have not taken strontium in over 3 months. I am so consistent with my exercising. I walk everywhere, I never ride elevators, if I can take the stairs. I have a pedometer, and I have gradually over the years worked up to where I get at least 5,to 6,000 steps on it every other day, besides walking everywhere. I have 3 to 5 lb weights that I use also every other day. I really believe for me the exercising consistently has been why I had the gain. On my next dexa, if there is not an increase, I will probably resume taking the strontium. I have never taken any biophosphate drugs, as they scare me too much, and also I have too many dental issues. If you are interested there are many videos for exercising, such as Leslie Sansone, and there is a book I used to get an idea of how to use weights by Joyce L. Vedral "Bone building, body shaping". Good luck to you

 
Old 11-21-2009, 04:57 AM   #7
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thanks again for your reply; you certainly have been through alot and it is obvious you are dedicated and motivated to improve your health. I thought about Strontium but i don't know if i will take it; i am always afraid of side effects; i think i read somewhere about possible blood clots with this medication. I try to get in at least 30 -45 min of aerobics every day and walk up our stairs 10 times a day. I have weights but frankly don't know how to use them so i think I will buy Joyce Vedral's book. Good luck to you too.

 
Old 11-21-2009, 06:52 AM   #8
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Hi filly 1....The book I mentioned is available from the library. You might also want to look in some osteoporosis books, they usually have some pictures of demonstrations of exercises. Also look on line, theres lots of weight bearing exercises(most are for osteopenia ). Also you did not mention when you were dx with osteo, or your scores, so I am concerned about recomending any exercises for you, based on how it worked for me. If your scores are very low you may want to first speak to your doctor, or begin slowly. Just a thought

 
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i have not been diagnosed yet but my mother and my sister has been for osteo and im having joint pains in hips and back and i can't hardly move around at times it hurts Im only 46 but have had thing for about 9 yrs. but i also have found that if i take 600 of calcium with d at night before bed it helps me the next day. i still have pain but not as intense the only thing i take for the pain is 800 mg motrin. what type of doctor do you go to for osteo to get diagnosed. so many different types and i have no insurance so not many options.

 
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You can go to an endocrinologist, Gyn, or Rheumatologist, there's probably more. Your PCP can order a DEXA scan and then refer you to one of the above specialists to read the results.

 
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ok thanks i'll ask my 4 doctors i have maybe they can help i have so many left over from going thru breast cancer which is cured but they still see me 1 time a year.

 
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That sounds fishy, like some pharmaceutical company funded the study.

I take calcium supplements twice a day. I would never take a bone-building drug; I am scared to death of them and would rather have osteoporosis. I take 2000-3000 IU of Vitamin D every day too, which has eliminated a lot of joint pain from menopause.

 
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