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Acupuncture decreases the risk of coronary heart disease in patients with fibromyalgia

Analysis of the data from the National Health Insurance Research Database on patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia between January 2000 and December 2010 in Taiwan revealed that the cumulative incidence of coronary hear disease in patients who received acupuncture treatment, beginning with their initial date of fibromyalgia diagnosis and extending to 31-12-2010, was significantly lower than in patients who never received acupuncture through 31-12-2010.

In the follow-up period, 1.74% patients in the acupuncture cohort and 3.84% patients in the non-acupuncture cohort developed coronary hear disease (p<0.001). The beneficial effect of acupuncture on the incidence of coronary hear disease was independent of age, sex, comorbidities and statins used.

The study confirmed that acupuncture reduces the risk of coronary hear disease in patients with fibromyalgia.

The original report can be found here.


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