Greater cumulative glucocorticoids dose confers risk for hypertension

High cumulative use of oral glucocorticoids was associated with excess incidence of hypertension, according to research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.In a cohort of 71,642 patients (mean age, 51 years; 38% men; 86% white) diagnosed with one of six chronic inflammatory diseases — inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, giant cell arteritis, vasculitis or systemic lupus erythematosus — 34.8% developed hypertension during a median follow-up of 6.6 years.Researchers found that compared with periods of nonuse, patients with theRead More

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