Arthritis sufferers' increased risk of heart disease due to disease-related inflammation and other factors, study finds

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 22:30 in Health & Medicine

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) sufferers are at an increased risk of dying due to cardiovascular disease. A new five-year study showed that the risk of cardiovascular disease for people with RA is due to disease-related inflammation as well as the risk factors which affect the general population. Treatment of arthritis with disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs also reduced the patient's risk of heart disease.

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