Even low doses of steroids up CVD risk: study
Even low doses of steroids are associated with a higher risk of CVD, according to a large observational study from the UK.
To quantify glucocorticoid dose-dependent CV risk, the researchers analysed the medical records of more than 87,000 adults with common immune-mediated inflammatory diseases and no prior CVD.
Their mean age was 56 years and 34% were men.
During a median follow up of five years, 15% people developed CVD events, including atrial fibrillation, heart failure and acute MI.
After one year, the cumulative risk