Is constipation linked to cardiovascular disease?

A Danish population-based study suggests the condition increases the risk of CVD especially venous thromboembolism

Chronic constipation appears to increase the risk of several cardiovascular diseases (CVD), particularly venous thromboembolism, according to a population-based study from Denmark.

Patients with medically diagnosed constipation were at greater risk of CVD than patients with normal bowel habits in the decade after diagnosis, the Aarhus University Hospital-led researchers found.

The risk was greatest for venous thromboembolism with constipation doubling the odds of an event, they reported in BMJ Open.