Dyskeratosis Congenita may be associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis, especially in older people or those who have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.
Atherosclerosis causes heart attacks and strokes. Monitoring and if necessary, treatment of high cholesterol and high blood pressure reduces these risks.
Avoiding smoking, taking regular exercise and consumption of a healthy diet is also extremely important.
Small abnormal blood vessels called ‘arteriovenous (AV) malformations’ can be problematic in several areas of the body. Details can be found in the relevant section (see Gastrointestinal, Lungs, Liver and Eyes).