Features April 2015 Issue

Celiac Disease May Raise Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Talk with your doctor about how to better manage your heart disease risk factors if you have the inflammation-related digestive disorder.

If you have celiac disease, you are twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (CAD) as people who don’t have celiac disease, Cleveland Clinic researchers discovered. “Our study suggests that celiac disease is a risk factor for CAD at any age and should be considered on par with traditional risk factors, such as hypertension and diabetes,” says Cleveland Clinic hospital medicine physician Deepak Pattanshetty, MD.

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