Doctors say hepatitis linked to heart issues

CHRONIC CONDITION: A study showed that people with chronic hepatitis C were 1.3 times more likely to develop acute coronary syndrome or have an ischemic stroke

Taipei Times
Date: May 18, 2019
By: Wu Liang-yi and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Doctors at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei on Thursday warned that people with

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital cardiologist Wu Chien-chia speaks at the hospital in Taipei yesterday.Photo: Wu Liang-chi, Taipei Times

chronic hepatitis B or C should watch for signs of cardiovascular disease, especially heart attacks.

Cardiologist Wu Chien-chia (吳健嘉) said that the hospital admitted a 62-year-old man surnamed Chang (張) who complained of sweating at night and chronic chest pain.

Chang had no medical history of the “three hypers” — hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia and hypertension — but is a carrier of hepatitis C, Wu said.

Evidence shows that chronic hepatitis can lead to a heart attack from atherosclerosis, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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