What Is Hypertensive Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease?

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cardiovascular Disease

Do patients with RA have an increased risk of developing heart disease?

 

Yes.  In a previous post, Is there a link between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetes?, I referenced a study which compared risk factors for cardiovascular disease in patients with RA versus diabetes.  The result of this study indicates that patients with RA have 2-3 times the risk of atherosclerosis (specifically coronary artery disease) as compared to healthy controls.  A similar study confirms these results; see "Athe...

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