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Gallstones Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 – People who've ever suffered gallstones may have a slightly increased risk of developing heart disease down the road, a large new study suggests. In a group of more than one-quarter million U.S. adults, researchers found those with a history of gallstones were 17 percent more likely to develop heart disease over the next few decades. Gallstones and heart disease share some of the same risk factors – such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and unhealthy cholesterol levels. But those risk factors couldn't completely explain away the finding, the researchers said. To cardiologist Dr. Richard Stein, the study makes a "pretty convincing" case that gallstones, themselves, are a risk factor for heart disease. Stein, who wasn't involved in the research, is director of the urban community cardiology program at New York University School of Medicine. He said that people with a ... Read more

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Patients Have Many Options When Faced With Gallbladder Disease

Posted 23 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 – It's only a tiny, bile-producing sac tucked behind your liver, but if your gallbladder goes awry it can spell big health troubles. In fact, more than 725,000 Americans undergo surgery to treat gallbladder disease each year, say a team of experts reporting July 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine. So what to do when gallbladder trouble – either an inflamed gallbladder or gallstones – strikes? In a new review, experts led by Dr. Todd Baron, a professor of gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, compared the pros and cons of several surgical methods for the problem. Surgeries to remove problem gallbladders are called cholecystectomies, and the most common procedure is the less invasive laparascopic one. According to the experts, this technique, introduced in 1985, leaves little or no visible scarring, but can be difficult ... Read more

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