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Why do doctors prescribe mesalamine for Crohn's disease, and how does it impact your heart?

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Mesalamine (Apriso, Asacol, Delzicol, Lialda, Pentasa) is a drug doctors often try early on to treat symptoms of Crohn's disease. It can inflame your heart muscle, a condition your doctor calls myocarditis. Symptoms go away when you stop taking it.

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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