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Researchers have concluded from study results that rheumatoid arthritis patients are three times more likely to die from heart disease if they were underweight when diagnosed than non-arthritic, normal weight people. Arthritic patients who became underweight following diagnosis were twice as likely to die from cardiovascular disease as those in the normal weight range. The reasoning for this is perhaps that severe rheumatoid arthritis is associated with systemic inflammation which may be a factor in cardiovascular disease.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health = Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2004
About: Underweight arthritic patients are more prone to death from cardiovascular disease
Date: 8 December 2004
Source: Reuters Health = Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2004
Author: Megan Rauscher
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