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Giant Cell Arteritis: CV Risk Analysis Yields Surprises

from MedPage Today

Somewhat counterintuitively, multiple cardiovascular risk factors are less frequent at the time of incidence of giant cell arteritis than in non-GCA, and GCA carries no overall increased risk of acute coronary syndrome, reports an online study in the March 2015 issue of Arthritis Care and Research. "Because GCA is a systemic inflammatory condition affecting the elderly and is treated with long-term glucocorticosteroid therapy, patients with this disease may be at an increased risk of coronary artery disease," wrote researchers led by rheumatologist Dr. Prabhu D. Udayakumar, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis. more

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