The emerging role of vitamin D and its receptor in the pathogenesis of acute coronary syndromes

Br J Cardiol 2006;13:9-12 Leave a comment
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Our understanding of the pathophysiology of acute coronary syndromes and, in particular, the interplay of a number of complex parallel processes, continues to develop.1 These processes include inflammation, thrombosis and matrix turnover with potential gene and environmental influences. Vitamin D, known primarily as a hormone of bone metabolism, can affect the transcription of a number of genes which play a pivotal role in both the development of acute coronary syndromes and the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease (CAD). The purpose of this review is to examine the mechanisms by which vitamin D and the vitamin D receptor (VDR) might influence the development of acute coronary syndromes.








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