People with a rare hormone syndrome face a greater risk of dying or developing heart problems, according to new research.
A team at Mount Sinai Medical Center found patients with Cushing's disease who were older when diagnosed could face a cardiovascular risk even after successful treatment for the condition.
Cushing's disease is a condition where people have very high levels of a hormone called cortisol in their blood. Symptoms include weight gain and thinning of the skin.
Researchers say early detection and treatment of Cushing's is needed to reduce the risk of death and cardiovascular disease.
In a study the Mount Sinai team found cured Cushing's disease patients who had depression when they started to experience symptoms of the disease had an elevated risk of mortality and cardiovascular disease, with men more at risk than women.
Eliza Geer, who led the study, said: "The findings demonstrate just how critical it is for Cushing's disease to be diagnosed and treated quickly. Patients also need long-term follow-up care to help them achieve good outcomes."
The research was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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