2014-05-27 15:04:50 UTC

GERD May Boost Risk of Heart Disease

May 29, 2014

GI & Hepatology News reports that GERD may constitute a heretofore unrecognized risk factor for coronary heart disease.

GI & Hepatology News reports that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may constitute a heretofore unrecognized risk factor for coronary heart disease.

In a nationwide case-control study of prodigious proportions presented at DDW® 2014, endoscopically confirmed GERD in patients without known coronary or peripheral artery disease at baseline was independently associated with a 57 percent increased risk of having a first acute myocardial infarction within the next five years. If this novel finding is confirmed in other databases, the clinical implications would be profound. GERD is an extremely common problem, affecting 30 to 40 percent of the U.S. population.

Read more in GI & Hepatology News.

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