Researchers at the University of Oxford have found that people with certain immune-related diseases such as type 1 diabetes, arthritis and lupus are much more likely to suffer complications due to vascular disease – even if they didnt have any cardiovascular problems before.
Having surgery and being laid up in bed increases the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism anyway, largely because immobility reduces the circulation. Taking certain medications for other diseases might also affect blood flow. Even taking these factors into consideration however, immune disease sufferers still had a significantly greater chance of developing DVT and embolism.
Read the original article at BMC Medicine: Risk of venous thromboembolism in people admitted to hospital with selected immune-mediated diseases: record-linkage study
Read the press release I wrote about this article at BioMed Central: DVT and pulmonary embolism linked to immune diseases
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