- Association with Cardiovascular Burden: A diagnosis of fibromyalgia was found to be associated with an increased cardiovascular burden.
- Complex Symptom Profile: Patients with fibromyalgia often experience a complex range of symptoms which can contribute to higher rates of cardiovascular disease.
- Metabolic Syndrome: The study highlights that these symptoms may lead to the development of MetS, which is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
- Study Cohort: The cross-sectional study included 62 patients with fibromyalgia and 4093 female controls aged 35 to 75 years.
- Higher Cardiovascular Burden: Patients with fibromyalgia had a significantly higher overall cardiovascular burden compared to the general Italian population (27.4% vs. 2.32%).
- Increased Risk Factors: Specific risk factors, including diabetes, atrial fibrillation, hypertension, and transient ischemic attack, were all higher in the fibromyalgia cohort compared to controls.
- Study Limitations: The study acknowledges limitations, including the small number of fibromyalgia patients and the inability to analyze depression and other lifestyle factors that may impact results.