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New links between heart attacks, inflammatory bowel disease found

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Scientists have found strong connections between (IBD) and

has long been recognised as playing a key role in the development of

is an umbrella term for two that affect the gastrointestinal tract - and

While studies have shown a clear increased risk of in other such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, this link is unclear in patients with

A three-year study concluded that in the more than 22 million patients who were assessed, were almost twice as common in patients with

"Our study adds considerably to a growing set of literature highlighting the chronic in IBD as having a role in the development of cardiovascular disease," said Mahazarin Ginwalla from the in the US.

The study was presented at this year's meeting in Orlando, US.

The researchers found that traditional risk factors for such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking were also more prevalent in patients with IBD.

According to the study, the patients with IBD had about 23 per cent higher odds of having a

The researchers observed that the highest risk was in younger patients (less than 40 years of age), while IBD is commonly diagnosed between the ages of 15-30.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 15:20 IST