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Is Your Multivitamin Doing Anything For Your Heart?


Multivitamins have long been seen as a quick solution for a number of problems, the most notable being heart disease and stroke. Recently, though, a new study has shown that they, in fact, don’t prevent either.
The American Heart Association reports that one third of American consume multivitamins, convinced that they will solve their cardiac problems. A recent study, released by Dr. Joonseok Kim states that, “One of the big problems with multivitamin use is that it could deviate the public from following the measures that are proven to be beneficial for cardiovascular health, including eating fruits and vegetables, and doing more exercise.”
Another study recently concluded that multivitamins offer no protection against heart disease and stroke. These studies are particularly convincing as they use clinical trials where doctors and scientists may closely control many confounding variables.
This news is unnerving for many, as they may now see themselves as at risk for heart disease; thus, it is crucial for the public to be informed about basic cardiac life support techniques in the event of an emergency. It is easy to learn and test these skills online and earn certification in BCLS, ACLS, or PALS – all very important and easy to learn.
Multivitamins are not detrimental, but it is encouraged to find other ways to improve cardiac health. Regardless, conscious citizens and medical professionals alike will certify their life saving skills and get their BCLS online to help those at risk.

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