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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Headlines this week are warning consumers about the potential dangers of calcium supplements, encouraging individuals to dump the supplements and instead grab a slice of cheese. After the release of a study in the journal of the American Heart Association, the question becomes how exactly are these supplements effecting public health? Washington University cardiologist Dr. Kathryn Lindley joins us at FOX 2 to interpret the study and ultimately answer these concerns.

According to Lindley, when calcium plaque builds up in the arteries, it inhibits blood flow, increasing heart-attack risk. The recent study found that individuals that consumed calcium supplements had increased amounts of plaque build-up within the arteries. Conversely, individuals who received their calcium intake from food possessed notably lower levels of plaque.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. While proper diet and exercise can decrease an individual’s risk for heart disease, this study reminds that more is not always better in regards to one’s health.

Calcium supplements can be extremely beneficial for individuals with conditions such as osteoporosis, but for many individuals, they can cause unwanted complications. Dr. Lindley encourages patients to speak with their physician to determine whether or not supplements are truly necessary for a happy and healthy life.