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How can medicines for Crohn's disease affect your heart?

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Corticosteroids control inflammation, so they’re often the first thing your doctor prescribes for Crohn's disease. But they can raise your blood pressure and blood sugar, and may cause your blood to clot. Doctors aren’t sure if they play a role in clogged arteries. Mesalamine (Apriso, Asacol, Delzicol, Lialda, Pentasa) is another drug doctors often try early on. It can inflame your heart muscle, a condition you might hear your doctor call myocarditis. Symptoms go away when you stop taking it.

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

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Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 08, 2019

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 Neha Pathak on October 08, 2019

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