Cardiovascular risk management in rheumatic diseases

This is the lay version of the EULAR recommendations for managing cardiovascular risks in people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The original publication can be downloaded from the EULAR website: www.eular.org. Drosos GC, Vedder D, Houben E, et al. EULAR recommendations for cardiovascular risk management in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus and […]

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Methotrexate associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease in RA

Methotrexate-related mechanisms may modify cardiovascular risk in people with rheumatoid arthritis. INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, and may cause pain and disability. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect people of all ages. It most often starts between the ages of 30 and 50 – although this can depend on […]

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Family link between autoimmune disease and congenital heart block

Increased risk of autoimmune disease in people with congenital heart block is shared by their siblings. Introduction Complete congenital heart block without an associated malformation of the heart is a rare condition, affecting only 1 in every 23,000 births in the general population. People with congenital heart block are more likely to get cardiovascular diseases, […]

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Family link for cardiovascular disease

Rheumatoid arthritis and acute coronary syndrome have a shared association within families. Introduction Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, causing pain and disability. Due to the inflammatory process, also internal organs, especially the heart, may also be affected over time. Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in older than young […]

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Early remission can minimise the risk of developing heart disease

Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with heart disease, and each disease flare has an additive effect. But achieving early remission may reduce the risks. INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints and sometimes their internal organs, causing pain and disability. Many studies have suggested that treatment and interventions should target […]

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Inflammation and cardiovascular risk factors predict artery narrowing in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis may be more likely to develop atherosclerosis if they have high levels of inflammation and cardiovascular risk factors. INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, causing pain and disability. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis often have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as coronary […]

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Systemic treatments for inflammatory disease may protect against cardiovascular risks such as stroke

Some medicines used to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis might help to protect patients against cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks or stroke. INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are chronic inflammatory conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis affect the joints, and psoriasis affects the skin. All three […]

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Heart risks raised for people with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, or RA

A link between psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis and a higher chance of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious heart and circulation problems is confirmed in a detailed new study. INTRODUCTION At first glance psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis (arthritis caused by psoriasis), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) don’t seem to have much in common with heart […]

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Exercise improves vascular health in people with rheumatoid arthritis

INTRODUCTION Regular exercise can help keep blood vessels healthy in people with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as reducing their numbers of swollen joints. WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY? People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a higher-than-usual risk of getting heart disease. We’re not quite sure why this is. It may be because the inflammation (swelling) that affects […]

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