Colchicine Cuts Heart Attack Risk in Half
March 28, 2012 by Julia.
According to a new retrospective study released by the New York Veteran Affairs Gout Cohort, gout sufferers who use colchicine have half the risk of a myocardial infarction (heart attack) compared to an untreated gout sufferer. This protection was not found in gout sufferers who used allopurinol.
Researchers studied 1300 gout patients to come up with their conclusions. They found that 0.5% of colchicine users had a heart attack, versus 3 percent of untreated gout users. The rate of MI was only two percent for allopurinol users, not a significant difference. Researchers believe that this may be due to allopurinol's inconsistency at lowering urate levels.
The lead researcher, Dr. Pillinger, stated that "these are very provocative findings." He hopes to begin a prospective study, once he and his team have completed a more rigorous retroactive study.
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