A recent study presented before the American College of Rheumatology has uncovered lower rates of heart disease from rheumatoid arthritis.
Typically, a patient diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA, for shot), has a 50 or a 60 percent chances of developing a heart disease. According to the paper, the incidence of RA has significantly decreased, also prompting a decrease in casualties due to heart diseases from rheumatoid arthritis.
What is rheumatoid arthritis? According to the Mayo Clinic official website, RA is what specialist call a chronic inflammatory disorder. This disease usually affects the joints located in your hand and in your feet. RA affects the lining between your joints. This, in term, leads to painful inflammation. If the illness is left unattended, it can irreversibly deform the joints.
Being categorized as an autoimmune disease, RA is capable of attacking larger portions of your body. Typically, RA attacks you joint lining, but in rare cases it can affect other organs as well, such as your skin, eyes and lungs.
RA occurs over the age of 40 and, according to some papers on the issue, the disorder is more frequent in women.
What are the symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis? The typical sign of this chronic inflammatory disorder are: swollen joint, accompanied by warmth and a feeling of tenderness, stiffness in the morning that can go on for ours, the presence of rheumatoid nodule. Among other distinguishable sigs are fatigue, high fever and weight loss.
RA first attacks finger and toes joints. As the disease goes on, the inflammatory processes spread to the wrists, ankles, elbows and even to you hip and ultimately your shoulders.
Pains associated with RA are not constant. They tend to flare up from time to time and tend to be more pregnant when there is a significant weather change.
Unfortunately, there is no actual cure for the disease. Most medication used to treat RA are palliatives. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, along with steroids and other ant rheumatic drugs have shown some results in dulling down the pain.
Lead researcher, Doctor Elena Myasoedova, stated that, in order to come up with her conclusion, she and her team have done intensive research spanning over several years. For the study, the team gathered data from 1626 patient fatalities. They split the casualties into 3 groups: the first group had 498 patient fatalities due to RA over a period of 10 years (1980-1990). The second group had 315 fatalities due to RA, and the data was gathered over a period of time spanning from 2000 to 2007. The third group comprised of 813 fatalities was actually a failsafe group. These patients died from heart diseases without exhibiting symptoms of RA.
Results pointed out that the death rate for these patients has dropped from 7.9 percent in the 80s to 2.8 percent in the early 2000s.