Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) present with several extraintestinal manifestations, including systemic inflammation and hypercoagulability. Limited studies have shown that patients with IBD may have a higher risk of developing atherosclerosis. The incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD) and the role of traditional CAD risk factors in IBD patients remain unclear. We sought to compare the rates of CAD events in patients with IBD with matched controls.
An increased incidence of CAD events was noted in IBD patients despite having a lower burden of traditional risk factors. Additionally, these risk factors had a lower impact on CAD development in the IBD group. Further investigation into how nontraditional risk factors, including WBC count, and the effect of attenuating systemic inflammation in IBD patients change CAD risk is warranted.
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