The presence of an inflammatory bowel disease was associated with longer hospital stays and greater health care costs for patients being treated for acute myocardial infarction, according to an analysis of data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample presented at a meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. For example, the total hospital cost for heart attack patients with ulcerative colitis was $65,182 compared with $53,542 for those without.

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