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Gout Drug May Reduce Heart Attack Risk

Gout Drug May Reduce Heart Attack Risk

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 October 2016 03:04 PM

A drug that treats gout may reduce the risk of heart attack in older people by 15 percent, a new study shows.

Gout is a disease that causes painful inflammation of the joints, and also is known to raise the risk of heart attack.

Some research had shown that allopurinol, which is a drug that treats gout or kidney stones, reduces heart attack risk, but studies have been mixed, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say.

The researchers studied claims data from a five percent random sample of Medicare patients from 2006 to 2012, which includes more than 29,000 episodes of new allopurinol treatment.

Some 83 percent of these users had a diagnosis of gout. Of these, 1,544 allopurinol use episodes (5.3 percent) were associated with a heart attack.

Factors that raised risk included older age, male gender, nonwhite, and having a higher incidence of other diseases.

The longer the drug was taken, the more protection it conferred, the researchers say.

The study was adjusted for other risk factors, including coronary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, aspirin use and the use of cholchicine, a drug usually used to treat gout flare-ups.

The study found that only people who took the drug for 181 days experienced the risk reduction. There was no reduction in risk for people who took it for a shorter time.

The study appears in Arthritis Research & Therapy.


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