Link found between severe eczema and heart problems

[Sigh] I aorta tell you how much this sucks! (pun intended)

According to a new study based in a UK hospital, researchers found a link between severe eczema and cardiovascular disease.

Objective: Researchers wanted to see if there was any sort of link between eczema and cardiovascular diseases. If there was, they wanted to determine how the severity of eczema directly correlated to this.

Participants: Adults with atopic dermatitis and up to 5 patients without it.

Focus:  Cardiovascular outcomes (myocardial infarction, unstable angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and cardiovascular death).

Results: Without getting into the numbers (which I will link the site) researchers, unfortunately, found there was a strong dose-response relation with severity of atopic eczema. Those with severe eczema had a – 20% increase in a stroke, 40-50% increase in the risk of myocardial infarction, unstable angina, atrial fibrillation, and cardiovascular death, 70% increase in the risk of heart failure and an overall greater risk of cardiovascular outcomes.

Conclusion: Those with severe and predominately active eczema should target ways to prevents cardiovascular disease and get routine checkups.

This was definitely eye-opening and yet another setback for those with severe eczema. However, it’s great to be informed and preexisting conditions you may or may not have.  

If you want to read the full story check out the link – https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k1786

 

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