Hospitalization for Pneumonia Linked to Risk for CVD

Risk of MI, stroke, and fatal coronary heart disease remained elevated among some patients hospitalized for pneumonia up to 10 years after the index event.

The risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the aftermath of infection is not well understood. The current study looked at the incidence of CVD after pneumonia in 2 community-based cohorts and found that even after adjusting for well recognized CVD risk factors, hospitalization for pneumonia conferred a similar or higher risk. The slides above summarize the study and the authors’ conclusions.