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People with rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic inflammatory conditions are at higher risk of heart disease. Mayo Clinic studies being presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting are shedding new light on this connection. Who is in the most danger, why, and how best to prevent and detect cardiovascular complications are important questions for physicians and researchers.
Eric Matteson, M.D., chair of rheumatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., says, “One thing that we learned in particular in this study is that the high disease burden on the joints in the first year of disease already is a very strong predictor of cardiovascular disease subsequently, and that seems to be mitigated as time goes on if the disease burden can be reduced too.”
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Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Matteson are available in the downloads.