Bladder pain syndrome / interstitial cystitis (BPS/IC) is a chronic, multifactorial and relapsing condition. Aetiology includes: inflammation, allergic, neuropathic, auto immune, vascular factors, etc. This study from Taiwan aimed to investigate the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) among IC cases during a three-year follow-up period, compared with non-IC patients over the same period. This appears to be first large scale population-based study of 4512 subjects. It was found that subjects with IC have around a 2.5 times higher incidence of CHD at one, two and three year follow-up. Endothelial dysfunction may be a common pathogenic factor between IC and CHD.

Bladder pain syndrome / IC increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
Chen H , Lin C, Kang C, et al.
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Arun K Sharma

West Herts NHS Trust (Watford General Hospital)

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