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Higher repeat heart attack risk associated with bowel diseases.

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease) who suffer a heart attack are at increased risk of a second heart attack and death, especially if they experience a "flare" (a period of active symptoms), according to a study that appeared online Oct. 14, 2014 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The research analyzed data from more than 73,000 patients who had suffered a first heart attack. After four years, the patients who had IBD had a 14 percent increase in mortality rate and a 17 percent increase in cardiovascular events compared to patients who did not have IBD at the rime of their heart attack. The risk of recurrent heart attack was highest in patients who suffered disease flares immediately before, during, or after their hospitalization for heart attack. IBD flares can best be prevented by strict adherence to your treatment plan. Patients with IBD also are advised to be vigilant about protecting their heart health by getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and keeping blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels under control.

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Title Annotation:FRONTLINE
Publication:Women's Health Advisor
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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