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.
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.
For more information on arthritis treatments and other arthritis problems, go to: