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Cardiovascular Disease in Rheumatology

Vascular and Heart Issues in Rheumatic Disease

NSAIDs are associated with acute myocardial infarction, research shows. In this slideshow, we feature this and other recent studies. (©Lightspring/Shutterstock.com)

Cardiovascular Disease in Rheumatology

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Patients with inflammatory arthritis are being treated for cardiovascular risk factors at rates similar to that of the general population, even though their risk is higher, study shows.

Photo courtesy of Hitomi Kobayshi, M.D., Ph.D.

Heart disease in rheumatoid arthritis is well known, but whether it's present in RA patients with no known heart disease or risk factors is not as well known.

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Myocardial inflammation/fibrosis has been identified in a study of rheumatoid arthritis patients with no known history of heart disease.


Polish researchers writing in the journal Reumatologia outline algorithms used to assess cardiovascular disease risk in rheumatoid arthritis, PsA and AS patients.

Pericarditis (©joshya/Shutterstock.com)

Case Study Summary: Acute pericarditis in a patient treated with adalimumab for psoriatic arthritis. Common oral pathogen identified as the aetiological agent.

Chest pain (©TheerapolPongkangsananan/Shutterstock.com)

Study suggests that depression may lead to an increased risk of subclinical atherosclerosis in women with systemic lupus erythematosus.


Cardiovascular MRI can uncover previously undetected cardiac disease in patients with connective tissue disorders. An international group of experts recommends specific uses.

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