Arthritis patients are at increased risk of CAD (coronary artery disease)

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Arthritis patients are at increased risk of CAD (coronary artery disease)

According to a new study, rheumatoid arthritis patients are at higher risk for coronary artery disease as compared to people who do not have disease. The researchers believed that the inflammatory cells found in arthritis patients may play a role in the development of coronary artery disease. Arthritis is an inflammatory born/joint disorder which causes pain and leads to reduced/limited movement of joints. On the other hand coronary artery disease is also linked with inflammation that contributes to the development of the plaque deposits in the coronary arteries and may cause a heart attack. In study, researchers compared the two groups of new-onset patients. One group had arthritis and one did not. The scientists found that patients with both the diseases suffered from more advanced coronary artery disease at the time of diagnosis, independent of all other cardiovascular risk factors. During the study, it was found that patients of both arthritis and coronary artery disease are at an increased overall risk of death as compared to patients with coronary artery disease alone. Some earlier clinical trials have also showed the close association between arthritis and coronary artery disease. However, researchers are yet to discover how much arthritis elevates the risk of developing and risk of death from heart disease.

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