Fibromyalgia linked to heart disease in new study
A new study has found a link between fibromyalgia and coronary heart disease after comparing patients with the condition to control groups. Researchers from Taiwan discovered that there was an association between the two disorders, and fibromyalgia patients were more likely to have heart disease. The study sheds light on the frequent problems people with the disease face
Fibromyalgia patients often complain about heart palpitations, chest area pain and heartburn. However, these symptoms are sometimes ignored if there is no current heart condition or history of heart problems. Now, researchers from Taipei report that people with fibromyalgia have a higher risk of having coronary heart disease. They used the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database to compare patients to control groups without the disease and discovered the association.
There have been various suggestions for why fibromyalgia patients are more likely to have heart disease. Some patients believe there may be a genetic cause while others think the progression of the disorder weakens the entire body and leads to more problems. Researchers do not have a clear answer at this time and continue to study the link between fibromyalgia and coronary heart disease.
Women are more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia, but they many not experience the traditional heart disease symptoms seen in men. Unfortunately, the two conditions have intertwining symptoms that make a diagnosis even more complex. Considering the difficulty some patients have in getting their doctors to understand fibromyalgia, it is not surprising that other health problems may be overlooked in the process. Blood pressure and cholesterol levels are not always good indicators of future heart issues, so it is important to ask questions during your medical appointments. If you suspect you may be suffering from both fibromyalgia and coronary heart disease, then speak to your doctor about possible treatment plans.
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