Effect of vitamin D supplementation on markers of vascular function: a systematic review and individual participant meta-analysis

Louise Beveridge, Faisel Khan, Allan Struthers, Jane Armitage, Ilaria Barchetta, Maria Gisella Cavallo, Robert Clarke, Rinkoo Dalan, Gavin Dreyer, Adam D. Gepner, Nita G. Forouhi, Ryan A . Harris, Graham A. Hitman, Thomas Larsen, Rajesh Khadgawat, Peter Marckmann, Frank H . Mose, Stefan Pilz, Alexandra Scholze, Marina ShargorodskySeth I. Sokol, Hans Stricker, Carmine Zoccali, Miles Witham (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Background: Low 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events, but the effect of vitamin D supplementation on markers of vascular function associated with major adverse cardiovascular events is unclear.

Methods and Results: We conducted a systematic review and individual participant meta-analysis to examine the effect of vitamin D supplementation on flow-mediated dilatation of the brachial artery, pulse wave velocity, augmentation index, central blood pressure, microvascular function, and reactive hyperemia index. MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and http://www.ClinicalTrials.gov were searched until the end of 2016 without language restrictions. Placebo-controlled randomized trials of at least4 weeks duration were included. Individual participant data were sought from investigators on included trials. Trial-level metaanalysis was performed using random-effects models; individual participant meta-analyses used a 2-stage analytic strategy, examining effects in prespecified subgroups. 31trials (2751 participants) were included; 29 trials (2641participants) contributed data to trial-level meta-analysis, and24trials (2051 participants) contributed to individual-participant analyses. VitaminD3daily dose equivalents ranged from 900 to 5000 IU; duration was 4 weeks to12 months. Trial-level meta-analysis showed no significant effect of supplementation on macrovascularmeasures(flow-mediateddilatation,0.37%[95%confidenceinterval,-0.23to0.97]; carotid-femoralpulsewavevelocity, 0.00 m/s [95% confidence interval, -0.36 to 0.37]); similar results were obtained from individual participant data. Microvascular function showed a modest improvement in trial-level data only. No consistent benefit was observed in subgroup analyses or between different vitamin D analogues.

Conclusions: Vitamin D supplementation had no significant effect on most markers of vascular function in this analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere008273
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of the American Heart Association Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease (JAHA)
Issue number11
Early online date30 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2018


  • Endothelial function
  • Paricalcitol
  • Systematic review
  • Vascular function
  • Vitamin D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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