Stanford University

Cause of Gout May Also Predict Heart Failure

Eswar Krishnan, MD, assistant professor of immunology and rheumatology at Stanford University School of Medicine, has found that high uric acid levels are a link between gout and heart failure.

Timothy Spaulding, a Top Health Blogger for the Arthritis Community on Wellsphere and author of the Current Arthritis News and Research Blog explains in his recent article.

Spaulding explains that uric acid naturally occurs in the body as a byproduct of many different foods. High levels are best known as a cause of gout.

According to Dr. Krishnan, the “study shows that high levels of uric acid significantly increase your risk of developing heart failure later in life.”

The good news is that the test for measuring this is very cheap and easily available. In fact, a simple $2-blood test may allow doctors to determine whether a patient is at risk of developing heart failure sometime in their future.

Dr. Krishnan analyzed data obtained from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute participants of the Framingham Offspring cohort study. That study began in 1971 and the participants were followed for cardiovascular events for 25 years.

There were 4,989 participants in the Framingham Offspring study, and of those, 4,912 were eligible for Dr. Krishnan’s study. There were 196 cases of heart failure recorded.

After adjusting for a long list of variables including smoking, weight, alcohol use, diabetes, kidney problems and use of anti-hypertensive medications, Dr. Krishnan found the occurrence of heart failure was significantly higher among those with high uric acid levels.

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The study appears online in August in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure.

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