Reflux increases MI risk: study

Reflux can dramatically increase the risk of MI, regardless of whether the disease is erosive, a large study finds.

The study of almost 300,000 patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and 13.5 million controls discovered that people with reflux were over five times more likely to have an MI compared to controls.

However when the researchers adjusted for obesity, hypertension and gender the risk was three times higher for GERD patients.

The incidence of new MI did not vary between patients who had erosive