Heart Attack Risk

Insufficient Levels of Phosphate in Blood, Increases Heart Attack Risk


Low Blood Phosphate levels may pose risk to cardiovascular health, reveals a new research. This new research is challenging the previous findings that hinted that having low volumes of the mineral in the blood is beneficial to the heart. Phosphate is a vital mineral that is used by our body to build and repair teeth and bones, make muscles contract and helps nerves function. It is significant in regulating the blood biochemistry that impacts the functions of the heart. It has a remarkable role in activating red blood cells to deliver oxygen (O) to the tissues of our body. The Phosphate is found chiefly in protein-rich foods such as fish, meat, and poultry. The new findings revealed that people who have low levels of phosphate in the blood (below 0.75 mmol/L) were at alike risk of budding heart disease as those with high levels (above 1.5 mmol/L).

Andy McGovern, a researcher at the University of Surrey said that their findings shed fresh light on the job of phosphate in the human body and its connection to cardiovascular health. The team inspected phosphate levels of more than one lakh patients for the study published in the journal PLOS ONE. They examined the patients in five-and-nine-year intervals and checked the impact on their cardiac health. Risks linked to the elevated blood phosphate levels have earlier been proved by the scientific community. It is the first time when the dangers of low phosphate levels have been recognized.

The researchers of the study suggested that the significance of phosphate should be reviewed in the primary and secondary healthcare. By getting the new findings, the researchers propose that clinicians should consider people with low levels of phosphate in blood to be at the elevated cardiovascular risk and review ways in which it can be reduced or eliminated for each patient.