Dr. Volgman explains if vitamin D is helpful for a healthy woman's heart.
Yes, I am really impressed that you are asking that question because I have been doing some research on that. I found out about vitamin D and the importance of that in cardiovascular health about two years ago when I was at a women’s health conference. And Dr. Wallace who just recently wrote about that in circulation told me that it’s very common and it’s an epidemic here in the United States because we were advised by dermatologists to avoid the sun.
And so most of us did, and when we are in the sun, we are putting on sunscreen and we’re putting sunscreen and sun block on all our children to protect them from the sun, and what it’s doing is actually making us vitamin D deficient. And as you know, vitamin D is extremely important in overall health, and it’s turning out to be extremely important in cardiovascular health.
About Dr. Volgman, M.D., F.A.C.C.:
Annabelle S. Volgman is associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Volgman graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and received her medical doctorate degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York. She received her internal medicine training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and her cardiology fellowship training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a fellow in clinical electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Illinois Masonic Medical Center under Richard Kehoe, M.D.
Dr. Volgman has published numerous abstracts and articles in multiple topics of women and heart disease as well as cardiac electrophysiology. She is currently president of the Metro Chicago Board of Directors of the AHA. She has been a prominent leader of the Go Red for Women movement and has received numerous awards from the American Heart Association. She has been listed in several lists of top doctors and was named a top doctor in the January 2008 issue of “Chicago Magazine.” She has been interviewed by numerous media about health issues and was featured in “O” magazine as Oprah Winfrey’s cardiologist.
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