Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Million Hearts Colorado: Updated USPSTF Recommendations on Use of Supplements to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently updated their recommendations regarding the effectiveness of vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin supplements for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer. In the summary: Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplements to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Recommendations From the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (February 2014),

USPSTF concluded that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of the use of multivitamins or use of single or paired-nutrient supplements for the prevention of CVD or cancer. An exception was the use of beta carotene or vitamin E supplements for the prevention of cardiovascular disease or cancer, where USPSTF recommended against their use.
 It is important for programs to remain informed with new recommendations on this topic as CVD and cancer are leading causes of premature death, disability and medical costs in the country. The USPSTF statement is in line with recommendations from other agencies such as National Institutes of Health, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Cancer Society, American Institute for Cancer Research and American Heart Association. To read the announcement and learn more about the clinical considerations, evidence and rationale, discussion, and other considerations, please visit the USPSTF website.

Colorado participates in the Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years. You can participate too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

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