What EVERY heart patient needs before surgery
It's the science-backed therapy that can make a life-or-death difference if you're having heart surgery.
It's safe... it's cheap... it's readily available... and it comes with no side effects.
Odds are, though, you won't get it unless you ask!
New research proves once again that high doses of vitamin D before heart surgery can boost blood levels in patients who are low, but that's not all.
That boost will do something else that's every bit as important.
It will help keep you high in D during and even AFTER the operation, when levels of this critical heart-pumping hormone may rapidly plunge and lead to dangerous complications.
You can prevent those risks -- and all you have to do is ask your doc for high-dose D before the operation.
He'll have a hard time saying "no" in light of this new study!
Patients going in for heart surgery were given either a placebo or three daily 50,000 IU doses of vitamin D.
That's a high dose, but it's not dangerously high in short-term situations.
In fact, just the opposite: In this situation, it's a VITAL dose!
While folks who were given the placebo saw their levels of D drop to dangerous levels during and after the surgery, the ones given the supplements kept normal levels.
The study didn't track other outcomes, though there's another trial doing just that right now.
But you don't need to wait for those results to know that D is critical before heart surgery.
Other studies have already proven that high D levels before surgery can make a life-or-death difference.
In one study a few years back, bypass patients with even moderately low levels of D had more than TRIPLE the risk of death after their operations... while those with very low levels had FOUR TIMES the risk of dying in the three months following surgery.
If you're having some other form of surgery -- even an operation that has nothing to do with your ticker -- it's still a good idea to load up on D.
A study that looked at all forms of surgery found that every 5 ng/mL jump in D levels will cut your risk of complications by 7 percent, including the risk of serious infection, cardiovascular events, and death.
Those are just a couple of examples.
Clearly, you need it. But just as clearly, most patients aren't getting it.
So, if you're going in for surgery, talk to your doctor about D levels. Get tested for your current levels, if possible. And work on a strategy to keep those levels high before, during, and after your procedure.
Your life may depend on it.