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How can Crohn's disease cause inflammation in your heart?

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Doctors aren’t sure yet, but they think the long-term, widespread inflammation that comes with Crohn's disease could make you more likely to get clogged arteries. Your doctor may call this atherosclerosis. This condition fills the inner walls of your arteries with tiny bits of fatty deposits called plaque. If a piece breaks off or grows big enough to block blood flow, you could have a heart attack or stroke.

From: Crohn's Disease and Your Heart WebMD Medical Reference

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Singh, S. , January 2015. National Review of Gastroenterology Hepatology

American Heart Association: “Atherosclerosis.”

Ruisi, P. , published online, Feb. 9, 2015. Journal of Clinical Medical Research

Andersen, N. , Aug. 15, 2014. World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology

Royal College of Nursing: “Understanding VTE.”

Kristensen, S.L. , November 2014. British Medical Journal

Kristensen, S.L. published online, July 22, 2014. Circulation,

Kristensen, S.L. , Feb. 15, 2013. PLoS One

Myocarditis Foundation: “About Myocarditis.”

Sorleto, M. , 2015. Case Reports in Cardiology

Gandhi, S. , published online, July 26, 2012. The American Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Singh, S. , January 2015. National Review of Gastroenterology Hepatology

American Heart Association: “Atherosclerosis.”

Ruisi, P. , published online, Feb. 9, 2015. Journal of Clinical Medical Research

Andersen, N. , Aug. 15, 2014. World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology

Royal College of Nursing: “Understanding VTE.”

Kristensen, S.L. , November 2014. British Medical Journal

Kristensen, S.L. published online, July 22, 2014. Circulation,

Kristensen, S.L. , Feb. 15, 2013. PLoS One

Myocarditis Foundation: “About Myocarditis.”

Sorleto, M. , 2015. Case Reports in Cardiology

Gandhi, S. , published online, July 26, 2012. The American Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 09, 2018

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