Systemic sclerosis patients are more prone to heart attacks

10/30/2013 | Family Practice News

Adults with systemic sclerosis were eight times more likely to have a heart attack within a year after diagnosis than the general population, a Canadian study found. Although the likelihood of experiencing a heart attack declined over time following the first year, the risk through five years after diagnosis was more than triple, study author Dr. J. Antonio Avina-Zubieta. The findings were presented at a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.

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