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December 3, 2004

Taking Glucocorticoids by Prescription Is Associated with Subsequent Cardiovascular Disease

Topics: Medicine

Annals of Internal Medicine, 16 November 2004, Volume 141 Issue 10, Pages 764-770.

Article Summary:

Glucocorticoids have adverse systemic effects, including obesity, hypertension, and hyperglycemia, that may predispose to cardiovascular disease. The effect of glucocorticoid use on cardiovascular disease has not been quantified.  To test the hypothesis that users of exogenous glucocorticoids have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, a cohort study of  68,781 glucocorticoid users and 82, 202 nonusers without previous hospitalization for cardiovascular disease who were studied between 1993 and 1996 was conducted. Conclusion: Treatment with high-dose glucocorticoids seemed to be associated with increased risk for cardiovascular diseaseRead More...

Posted by Hyscience at December 3, 2004 11:17 PM

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