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Urinary, respiratory tract infections may double stroke risk: Study

IANS  |  New York 

Those suffering from urinary or infections may face nearly double the risk of and than obesity, researchers have warned.

The study -- led by a of Indian origin -- found that if the frequency of these causing hospitalisation continues for a longer period it may even lead to death.

Patients diagnosed with any one of these were three times more likely to die than those without prior after developing heart disease, and almost twice as likely to die if they had a

"Our figures suggest that those who are admitted to hospital with a respiratory or urinary tract are 40 per cent more likely to suffer a subsequent heart attack, and 2.5 times more likely to have a stroke, than patients who have had no such - and are considerably less likely to survive from these conditions," Rahul Potluri, at Britain's Aston University, said in a statement.

The effects of the were of similar magnitude among the people suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol, researchers said.

"It is notable that infection appears to confer as much, if not more, of a risk for and as very well established risk factors such as and diabetes," Potluri added.

Researchers conducted the study over 34,027 patients who had been admitted with a urinary or infection with an age and sex-matched control group without infection.

Factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, and tobacco use, as well as medical conditions including excess cholesterol, high blood pressure, and kidney disease, and were also taken into account.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 17:20 IST
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