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Arthritis Link to Increased Heart Disease Risk

A recent study by researchers from University Hospital, Umea in Sweden has found that the inflammation of joints which occurs as a result of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) increases patients' risk of heart disease. RA sufferers are, therefore, more likely to die from heart disease than their peers without the condition.

However, the study also found that treatment with Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs) could help reduce the level of inflammation, and thus the risk of heart disease. Other benefits were also recorded.

The study involved monitoring 400 RA sufferers over a five-year period from when they were first diagnosed with the condition. The patients' physical appearance and disease progression were assessed along with their general health.

The research findings are published in the journal, Arthritis Research & Therapy.