Rheumatoid Arthritis can negatively affect heart health in some patients. Specifically, RA has been linked to a higher rate of heart disease in some populations. To avoid heart disease in both patients with RA and those without, fill your diet with whole grains and lean meats and get as much exercise as you can tolerate with RA.
If you have RA, you need to take steps to protect your heart. The traditional risk factors involved in heart disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, a high BMI and smoking. In addition to these risk factors, RA patients are living with systemic inflammation. Mayo Clinic researchers believe that this inflammation may…