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Heart disease and resulting mortality is increased in people concurrently suffering from rheumatoid arthritis according to recent research. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory condition of the joints that has extraarticular complications including inflammation of the arteries of the body. The inflammation of the arteries accelerates the formation of atherosclerosis in the blood vessels that predisposes the person to cardiovascular disease, particularly in younger people. Anti-inflammatory medication that reduces the inflammation in the joint also acts on the blood vessels.
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About: Rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease link
Date: 28 June 2005
Source: Science Daily
Author: Ray Pregeant
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