MS increases vascular mortality risk

New research has found that having multiple sclerosis (MS) is associated with an increased risk of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), stroke, and death, and the findings cannot be explained by traditional risk factors.

Scientists found that participants with MS had a 28 per cent higher risk of ACS, 59 per cent increased risk of cerebrovascular disease, and 32 per cent increased risk for any macrovascular disease when compared to a healthy control group. Researchers also noted a 1.5-fold higher risk of cardiovascular disease mortality, and a more than three-fold increased risk for all-cause mortality.

The researchers said the results show that vascular risk assessment and management in people with MS is very important, given the increased risks noted.