Sjogren’s syndrome doubles risk of MI

Sjogren’s syndrome (SjS) patients are at a doubled risk of having an MI, research shows, with the risk being highest within the first year of diagnosis.

The retrospective cohort study matched 1,176 new cases of Sjogren’s with 11,879 controls.

After adjusting for relevant risk factors such as obesity, angina, and medications the researchers found that SjS patients were 2.4 times more likely to have an MI.

Risks were highest in the first year after diagnosis, with patients at a four-fold increased risk of MI during this period.

The researchers did not find an increased risk of stroke but said they were likely to see this in further research.

Presenting his findings to the congress Dr Antonio Avina- Zubieta from the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada said the inflammatory nature of SjS was likely to be the driver