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.
As mentioned in a previous post, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease, patients with RA have a significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke and a shorter life expectancy as compared to the general population. Rheumatoid arthritis may cause the the outer lining of the heart to swell (pericarditis) and cause heart complications.…