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Calcium supplements may be bad for your heart

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According to government data, about half of Americans take calcium supplements.

But new evidence shows they may be bad for your heart.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins found people who took calcium pills were 22% more likely to develop plaque in coronary arteries than those who did not take them.

However, eating calcium-rich foods actually protected the heart.

It's not clear why calcium supplements are linked to heart damage, but experts say the body may be unable to process large amounts.

They suggest talking to your doctor to determine what is a safe dosage, or if the pills are necessary at all.

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