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How might Crohn's disease raise the risk of heart disease?

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Doctors aren’t sure, but they think the long-term inflammation that Crohn’s causes could make you more likely to have clogged arteries. Your doctor may call this atherosclerosis. It 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.

How Crohn's disease raises your risk for this condition isn’t clear. But it can happen to people with other autoimmune conditions, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. So it may have something to do with the substances your body makes during long-term inflammation.

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

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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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