Years after severe infection, heightened cardiovascular risk remains

Patients who survive severe infection such as sepsis or pneumonia will have increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) for the next five years, a population-based study shows.

Researchers in Sweden found hospitalisation for sepsis or pneumonia was associated with a six-fold increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) or stroke for 12 months after discharge.

Although a short-term increase in risk has been demonstrated before, the current study shows that risk remains more than double for up to three years, and