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CVD Risk Factors Tied to Disease Activity, Disability in RA

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors alone, or in combination, are associated with higher disease activity and disability in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study recently published in Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease.

Kangping Cui, M.D., from the University of Toronto, and colleagues used data from the Ontario Best Practices Research Initiative RA registry to examine whether CVD risk factors alone are associated with RA disease activity and disability. The analysis included data for 2,033 patients.

The researchers found that 50 percent of patients had at least one CVD risk factor, even ...