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A major new study suggests a link between severe eczema in adults and a moderately increased risk of heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems.
Past research has provided conflicting results. The new study - the largest to date - bolsters the case for screening and treating eczema patients with a view to preventing heart attacks and strokes.
Eczema - Increase - Risk - Health - Perspective
Given how common eczema is, even a small increase in risk would be important from a public health perspective, the authors argue in the study published in the British Medical Journal.
'Targeting cardiovascular prevention strategies among these patients should be considered,' they write.
Eczema - Atopic - Eczema - Condition - %
Eczema (also known as atopic eczema) is an inflammatory condition that affects up to 10% of adults. The condition results in itchy, red and cracked skin. It usually starts in childhood with changing severity over the years.
The more severe the eczema, the higher the risk
Research - Team - Sinéad - Langan - London
An international research team led by Sinéad Langan at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, wanted to investigate whether adults with atopic eczema are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and whether the risk varies by eczema severity and activity over time.
They analysed data from the UK's Clinical Practice Research Datalink for over 385,000 adults (average age 43 years) with atopic eczema, matched with up to five patients of similar age and...
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