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Oct 11, 2018

Increased Risk of Heart Failure in IBD Patients

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator, @kanaazpereira

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may raise the risk for heart attack, according to a study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  The study also found the increased risk for acute myocardial infarction and heart failure in IBD patients, is independent of traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, and high cholesterol.

Dr. Edward Loftus, M.D., who co-authored the study, recommends that  clinicians should seriously consider any symptoms suggestive of heart disease in IBD patients.

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Dr. Loftus is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic

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