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Antirheumatic drugs 'lower cardiovascular risk'

Antirheumatic drugs 'lower cardiovascular risk'
15th August 2011

Rheumatoid arthritis medication could cut cardiovascular risk in those with the condition, according to a new study no doubt of interest to those with the condition using assisted living.

Research published in journal Arthritis Research & Therapy noted that individuals with rheumatoid arthritis are at an elevated risk of dying due to cardiovascular disease.

This was found to be due to disease-related inflammation on top of the risk factors already affecting the general population.

Treatment with disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) was seen reduce the risk of heart disease among these patients.

It was also found that a new cardiovascular event such as heart disease, stroke or deep vein thrombosis could be predicted by the intensity of the arthritis as well as the presence of diabetes, high blood pressure and triglyceride levels.

In other news, physiotherapist Alison Wyndham has commented that exercise keeps the joints moving and strengthens muscle, improving quality of life for people with arthritis.

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