The Link Between Rheumatoid Arthritis And Increased Heart Disease Risk

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The Link Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Increased Heart Disease Risk

It is known that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk for morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease—a risk that is said to be comparable to that in people with type 2 diabetes. In people with rheumatoid arthritis, there is an increased risk of silent myocardial infarction (heart attack) and sudden death.

The prevalence of myocardial infarction is more than two times higher in people with rheumatoid arthritis compared to the general population.The causal relationship between cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis is complex and appears to be related to several factors. Traditional cardiovascular risk factors (e.g., hypertension, obesity, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol), as well as rheumatoid arthritis severity markers, are contributory.