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Gout is associated with an increased risk of a broad range of cardiovascular diseases, according to new research which looked at the health records of more than 860,000 people.

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The study, which is published in The Lancet Rheumatology and led jointly by researchers from the Universities of Oxford, Glasgow, and KU Leuven, reveals that having gout is linked with a 58% higher risk of cardiovascular disease, with even higher relative risks noted for females and those under the age 45 who have the condition.

Gout, an extremely painful condition that causes swelling and redness in joints, is one of the most common types of inflammatory arthritis in the world. It is more common in men and older individuals, but can impact women and younger people too, and is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the body leading to tiny crystals forming around joints.

Read the full story on the Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health website