Even low doses of steroids up CVD risk: study

UK research shows significant responses for daily doses of <5.0mg for all immune-mediated diseases across all CV outcomes

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

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