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Rheumatoid arthritis remission reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease

Remission of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) strongly predicts a reduced risk of (sub)clinical atherosclerosis. Among cardiovascular risk factors, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) was significantly linked to (sub)clinical atherosclerosis in RA patients. These were the main findings of a 3-year observational study presented at EULAR 2019 [1].

Cardiovascular disease in patients with RA is known to be higher than what has been observed in the general population. Dr Pierro Ruscitti et al. (University of L’Aquila, Italy) evaluated the occurrence and the predictive factors of (sub)clinical atherosclerosis in 797 RA patients from the GIRRCS trial [2]. Main outcomes were subclinical (carotid and/or peripheral atherosclerotic lesions detected by ultrasound imaging) and clinical atherosclerosis (myocardial infarction and/or congestive heart failure and/or cerebrovascular accidents). Both RA-related and traditional cardiovascular risk factors were assessed.<...



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