Frequency of gout in the United States has tripled in the last 50 years, but the realm of medical imaging has seen even more exponential growth. A group from UCLA has released designs for a system that provides a field of view 100 times larger than the former “gold standard” for gout diagnosis.
Analysis of records from nearly 100,000 British patients indicates that gout is significantly associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, both at the time of initial diagnosis and also going forward.
Gout has long been associated with cardiovascular conditions such as heart dysfunction, however, the pathology between the two have remained unclear. A large study analyzed this type of arthritis in connection with atrial fibrillation.