Rheumatoid arthritis patient numbers rise two-folds
The recent findings of a study have stated that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients have witnessed a two-fold increased risk of Myocardial Infarction (MI, heart attack) when compared to diabetes patients. It was through this 10 year study, RA and diabetes patients were directly compared to assess their individual risk of having an MI over time.
Dr. Jesper Lindhardsen, Department of Cardiology, Gentofte University Hospital, Hellerup, Denmark, and also the lead author of the study on behalf of his team stated that the minimal requirements which were required were already given at the same time it was known that RA is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Their data highlight that the increased risk of a heart attack faced by RA patients is of a similar magnitude as that faced by diabetes patients, who in contrast to RA patients are routinely considered for intensive cardiovascular risk management. He further added the vitality of implementing EULAR suggestions that involved an early detection at the same time involved the proper regulation of cardiovascular risk factors.