The Risk of Heart Disease Associated with RA

  • Every time I go grocery shopping, I see Valentine's Day decorations. They've been out since Boxing Day, prompting me to hold forth at great length about how one holiday should be over before stores are allowed to put out the decorations for the next one, but nevermind. Wherever I go, I see hearts, balloons and streamers and combined with the decorations for the upcoming Chinese new year's celebration on February 3, red is everywhere, giving a jolt of color and joy among the gray and white of winter.


    Red. It is the color of matters of the heart - metaphorical and literal both - passion, heat, inflammation and it's the color that frames our discussions on MyRACentral in this month of February. But before I get to the details of what's coming up this month, I have an exciting announcement.

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    And now for the coming attractions...


    This month, Sara Nash will be diving into the red and taking on the heart. Sara will be posting about love for Valentine's Day and will get literal in her second post, writing about increased risk of heart disease associated with inflammatory conditions such as RA and what she's doing to minimize the risk. Lisa Emrich will be completing her series of posts on surgeries that may be used to help people with RA live better lives by exploring bone surgeries, as opposed to soft tissue surgeries, covered in her last post. Lisa will also write about the issues related to vision that can accompany RA.


    The first step in getting your RA and control is of course medication, but a number of other therapies can help you function better, among them physical therapy. Later this month, I'll be posting an interview with a physical therapist about what the profession can do for people living with RA.


    We look forward to reading your posts about what matters to your heart this month.



Published On: February 01, 2011