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How can you check if you're likely to get inflammation or clogged arteries related to Crohn's disease?

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Talk to your doctor about your risk for heart disease. He or she can do blood tests to see if you’re likely to get inflammation or clogged arteries. Imaging tests can also check for inflammation in your blood vessels and heart. Signs of heart problems in people with Crohn's have included:

  • Problems with how the inner lining of the arteries work (called endothelial dysfunction)
  • Increased thickness of the carotid artery

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

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

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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