RA patients 'as likely as type-2 diabetics to develop CVD'

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are as likely as patients with type-2 diabetes to develop CVD, according to Dutch research.

While it is known that RA sufferers have an increased cardiovascular risk, few studies have shown the magnitude of this risk.
 
For this latest study the researchers investigated the prevalence of CVD in 353 RA patients, aged 50-75, and 194 diabetics.

After adjusting for other risk factors such as smoking, they found that 12.9 per cent of RA patients had CVD compared with 12.4 per cent of type-2 diabetics.

The researchers, from the University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, conclude that the study findings ‘have implications for primary cardiovascular prevention strategies in RA’.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

Ann Rhem Dis Online 2008

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