NAFLD may not raise CV risk

Patients should be assessed with standard risk calculators, researchers say

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is not an independent risk factor for cardiovascular events, according to European researchers who say previous research on the topic is flawed.

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Writing in the BMJ, they say patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are not necessarily at increased risk of acute myocardial infarction or stroke, and they should be assessed using risk score tools in a similar way to the general population.  

Their conclusions, based on analysis of four big European primary care datasets, stand in contrast to two previous meta-analyses, which