Link Between Cardiovascular and Liver Diseases
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – New Research from Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., shows a direct link between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and a high risk of cardiovascular disease.
Researchers looked at CT scans of 377 patients showing no symptoms of NAFLD, and expanded their coverage to examine the spleen and liver. They found patients with NAFLD were more likely to have coronary artery disease. The link between the diseases is stronger than traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease like hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. It is believed these results could change the way doctors screen patients with either disease.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common liver ailment in Western countries, affecting about a third of the general population. In most cases the disease has no signs or symptoms.
For more information, go to; https://www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/about/news/saint-luke-s-collaborative-research-shows-strong-link-between-liver-disease
SOURCE: Digestive Disease Week, May 2013
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