Letter to the Editor - Calcium Intake and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Ian R. Reid, Alison Avenell, Andrew Grey, Mark J. Bolland

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In their review of calcium intake and cardiovascular disease, Chung and colleagues (1) did not perform a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) as their title suggests. They identified only 2 trials reporting the effects of calcium plus vitamin D on cardiovascular events and 3 trials of calcium alone, whereas we have reported data on myocardial infarction or stroke from 13 studies of calcium with or without vitamin D (4 trials of calcium plus vitamin D and 11 trials of calcium monotherapy, with 2 studies comparing both calcium and calcium plus vitamin D with placebo) (2). For 6 trials, we used individual patient data. As in Chung and colleagues' review, cardiovascular event rates did not significantly increase in individual trials in our review but did when data were meta-analyzed (relative risk for myocardial infarction or stroke from calcium with or without vitamin D in 9 trials, 1.15 [95% CI, 1.03 to 1.27]) (2). Another meta-analysis of calcium monotherapy (5 trials involving 6333 participants) reported a relative risk for myocardial infarction of 1.37 (CI, 0.98 to 1.92) (3). Chung and colleagues do not comment on why their findings differ from those published previously.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)684-685
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2017


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