Tuesday, May 29, 2012 5:57 PM
By Kathleen Walter and Charlotte Libov
Read more: Top Heart Doctor Chauncey Crandall: Stop Taking Calcium
Many women are reconsidering their long-held habit of taking daily calcium supplements to protect their bones in the light of a new study showing that the pills drastically raise heart attack risk.
One of the nation’s top cardiologists, Dr. Chauncey Crandall, says he has long been warning his patients against taking calcium.
“We’ve known for a while that calcium supplements raise heart attack risk, and now here’s a study that totally confirms it,” said Dr. Crandall, chief of the cardiac transplant program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
A report published recently in the journal Heart found that the popular supplements, taken largely by women, raise the risk of having a heart attack by a shocking 86 percent.