GOUT FAST FACT
50% of first-time attacks occur in the big toe.
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Gout and Heart Disease
Gout is often associated with cardiac problems, including high blood pressure and coronary artery disease, which can result in heart disease or congestive heart failure. High levels of uric acid have been associated with a higher risk of death from these conditions.
Gout may contribute to unhealthy cholesterol and lipid levels. Although necessary for normal functioning of cells, when certain lipids are increased or deposited in blood vessel walls, blockages may result in a heart attack or stroke.
Because an elevated uric acid level is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, kidney disease and obesity, studies are underway to determine if uric acid has a direct role in causing these disorders.