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Oxford University Research: Stroke, Heart Disease & Gout

Posted on October 7, 2013

Does Gout increase risk of Heart Disease & Stroke?

The “Rheumatology journal” reports new research indicating that having gout may double the risk of heart attack and stroke. The research tracked the health of 205,000 patients using data spanning five decades exploring the connection between gout and heart attack and stroke. Data relating to gout patients between 1963 and 2011 were analysed:

  • The report suggested that  gout patients are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke as those without gout.
  • Raised levels of uric acid cause gout may also be a risk factor for heart attack and stroke
  • Research took place at the University of Oxford, using statistics sourced from NHS England and the Office for National Statistics.

Bluecrest Health Screening:

All biochemistry blood profiles conducted by Bluecrest Health include a check for Uric Acid levels.  In addition, we offer a range of tests for cardiovascular health and stroke risk.  We will monitor  these developments and in general Bluecrest welcomes all new research into risks for disease, with a view to better analysis and screening procedures.

According to the Rheumatology journal:

Professor Rob Moots, editor of Rheumatology, comments”This important study tells us that gout is a condition that is more than just a cause of severe pain, it is rather disease that must be taken seriously and treated effectively to prevent unnecessary heart attacks and strokes.”

  • Research conducted at the University of Oxford
  • Research data from NHS England and the Office for National Statistics.