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Rheumatoid arthritis is a cardiovascular risk factor

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with a 1.5 fold increase in heart attack, heart failure, and stroke.

While obesity, hypertension,  and diabetes, common associated diseases in RA patients, may play a role, the more likely explanation is the chronic inflammatory process found in RA.

In fact, Joan Bathon, chief of rheumatology at New-York Presbyterian Columbia hearthas published work showing that heart muscle mass is 20% less in RA patients.

Her theory is that RA causes microvascular disease and damage to the heart, much like diabetes does.

Identification of high risk patients is a priority because if these findings prove to be true, it may alter the way RA is managed.

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Gout… a deadly disease!

gout_0Gout is a disease due to the abnormal metabolism governing the conversion of purines to uric acid.  Essentially, uric acid excretion (getting rid of uric acid) can’t keep pace with production.

This condition is reaching epidemic proportions due to the  increasing incidence obese-manof obesity as well as the ever-rising consumption of high-fructose containing beverages.

Gout is not a benign disease because it is part of the “metabolic syndrome.”  This is a collection of medical conditions – called diabetes“co-morbidities”- that seem to cluster around gout.high-blood-pressure

They include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, elevated blood high-cholesterollipids, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and strokeheart-attackkidney disease.

Treatment of gout is not an option.  It is mandatory!

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