Bronchiectasis Patients Have Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Study Finds

Bronchiectasis Patients Have Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Study Finds
People with bronchiectasis are at a higher risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke compared to the general population, according to a study published in the scientific journal Thorax. These results underscore the importance of providing a more integrated approach in the care and management of bronchiectasis patients. In the study “Bronchiectasis and the risk of cardiovascular disease: a population-based study,” a team of researchers led by Dr. Jennifer Quint from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and clinical senior lecturer at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London analyzed the primary care electronic records of nearly four million people over the age of 18 who contributed to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). The CPRD is an anonymous primary care database from 625 general practices throughout the United Kingdom. The database provides information for public health research collected during routine care, face-to-face consultations, and following communication from secondary care. The team of researchers used this database to assess the association between bronchiectasis and recorded diagnoses of coronary heart disease or stroke. The analysis was done after adjusting the results for age, sex, smoking habits, and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Results showed that a pre-existing diagnosis of coronary heart disease and stroke were higher in people with bronchiectasis compared to those without the disease. Moreover, the rate of a first coron
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