Cardiovascular Disease

Topical vs Oral NSAIDs and the Risk for Cardiovascular Events in RA

Topical vs Oral NSAIDs and the Risk for Cardiovascular Events in RA

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Topical NSAIDs are associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular events compared with oral NSAIDs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

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Optimal management of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors continues to be a key objective of CVD risk management in patients with RA.

Predictors of Accelerated Atherosclerosis in Spondyloarthritis Without Overt CVD

Predictors of Accelerated Atherosclerosis in Spondyloarthritis Without Overt CVD

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Predictors of subclinical accelerated atherosclerosis were examined in a recent study of patients with spondyloarthritis without overt cardiovascular disease.

ACS Risk Increased in New-Onset RA Despite Improved Disease Control

ACS Risk Increased in New-Onset RA Despite Improved Disease Control

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Individuals with new-onset rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of acute coronary syndrome.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Metabolic Syndrome: High Prevalence and Risk

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Metabolic Syndrome: High Prevalence and Risk

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Researchers from Iran conduct a meta-analysis to determine the prevalence and risk for metabolic syndrome among patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Allopurinol Use In Concomitant Gout and Diabetes Lowers Cardiovascular Event Risk

Allopurinol Use In Concomitant Gout and Diabetes Lowers Cardiovascular Event Risk

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Study analyzes insurance claims data to examine the relationship between allopurinol use in patients with both gout and diabetes and its effect on cardiovascular event risk.

No Association Between Knee Osteoarthritis and Metabolic Syndrome

No Association Between Knee Osteoarthritis and Metabolic Syndrome

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Study uses data from the Framingham Offspring Cohort to investigate possible relationships between knee osteoarthritis and components of the metabolic syndrome.

Knee Osteoarthritis May Increase Hypertension Risk

Knee Osteoarthritis May Increase Hypertension Risk

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An international team of researchers collected data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative to determine the effect of knee osteoarthritis on development of hypertension.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Increases Nonischemic Heart Failure Risk

Rheumatoid Arthritis Increases Nonischemic Heart Failure Risk

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Study uses registry data from Sweden to evaluate heart failure risk before and after diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

Guidelines Inconsistent on Statin Recommendations for African-Americans

Guidelines Inconsistent on Statin Recommendations for African-Americans

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Guidelines on recommending statin treatment for African Americans differ between the US Preventive Services Task Force and the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Increases Heart Failure Risk

Rheumatoid Arthritis Increases Heart Failure Risk

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Analysis finds rapid increase in the risk of non-ischemic heart failure after onset of rheumatoid arthritis.

Lupus: Using Diet and Nutrition to Improve Symptoms and Outcomes

Lupus: Using Diet and Nutrition to Improve Symptoms and Outcomes

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Consuming adequate amounts of the right nutrients, and limiting others, can help relieve symptoms and improve outcomes in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

Lupus Among Autoimmune Diseases Tied to Subsequent Dementia Risk

Lupus Among Autoimmune Diseases Tied to Subsequent Dementia Risk

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Study reviewed information from 1.8 million individuals in England admitted to a hospital with an autoimmune disease.

The Handoff: Your Week in Rheumatology News - 3/3/17

The Handoff: Your Week in Rheumatology News - 3/3/17

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Connecticut considers rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia for medical marijuana treatment, while Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks continue to invade Michigan. All this and more in this week's edition.

Arthritis and Incident Myocardial Infarction Risk

Arthritis and Incident Myocardial Infarction Risk

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Research comes from meta-analysis of 25 population-based studies on 5 major forms of arthritis.

Tocilizumab Cardiovascular Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tocilizumab Cardiovascular Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Cohort study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis who newly initiated tocilizumab or tumor necrosis factor inhibitor therapy using multi-database claims data.

Cytomegalovirus Connection With Rheumatoid Arthritis Cardiovascular Disease Risk: An Expert Interview

Cytomegalovirus Connection With Rheumatoid Arthritis Cardiovascular Disease Risk: An Expert Interview

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Florian Kern, deputy director of research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the United Kingdom, discusses his recently published review wherein he and his colleagues make the case that cytomegalovirus is a major driver of cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Increased Produce Consumption Reduces Cardiovascular, Premature Death Risks

Increased Produce Consumption Reduces Cardiovascular, Premature Death Risks

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Scientists at Imperial College London analyzed 95 studies that included almost 2 million people.

Do Risk Prediction Tools Underestimate Incidence of Carotid Plaque in Gout?

Do Risk Prediction Tools Underestimate Incidence of Carotid Plaque in Gout?

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Study evaluated cardiovascular risk in patients with a new diagnosis of gout using risk prediction tools and carotid ultrasound.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Increases Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Events After Fragility Fracture

Rheumatoid Arthritis Increases Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Events After Fragility Fracture

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Study investigators suggest clinicians consider more aggressive preventive therapy for cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have experienced a fragility fracture.

Addressing Cardiovascular Disease Risks May Prevent Shoulder Tendinitis

Addressing Cardiovascular Disease Risks May Prevent Shoulder Tendinitis

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Study examines relationship between cardiovascular disease risk factors, rotator cuff tendinopathy, and glenohumeral joint pain.

Thyroid Cancer Survivors Face Long-Term Osteoporosis and CVD Risks

Thyroid Cancer Survivors Face Long-Term Osteoporosis and CVD Risks

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Research shows that younger survivors are at increased risk of serious long-term health conditions resulting from thyroid cancer treatments.

Depression in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

Depression in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

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Women with systemic lupus erythematosus and depression were more likely to have increased carotid intima-media thickness compared with those with SLE without depression.

TNFi Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis Reduces Risk of Myocardial Infarction

TNFi Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis Reduces Risk of Myocardial Infarction

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Study examines the effect of TNFi therapy on inflammation and its ability to reduce the incidence of myocardial infarction.

Biologic Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis Yields Mixed Results for Comorbid Conditions

Biologic Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis Yields Mixed Results for Comorbid Conditions

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Data show biologics may help with comorbid cardiovascular disease conditions, but more studies are needed regarding their impact on depression, gastrointestinal disease, and osteoporosis.

Increased Prevalence of Coronary Atherosclerosis in Psoriatic Arthritis

Increased Prevalence of Coronary Atherosclerosis in Psoriatic Arthritis

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The prevalence and severity of coronary atherosclerosis, measured by coronary CT angiography, were compared in patients with psoriatic arthritis and age/gender-matched controls.

No Increased Risk of CV Death in Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus

No Increased Risk of CV Death in Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus

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Patients with cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) were assessed for their risk of cerebrovascular accidents, ischemic heart disease, and peripheral arterial disease.

Imaging Technologies Hold Promise for CVD Risk Stratification in RA

Imaging Technologies Hold Promise for CVD Risk Stratification in RA

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Study examines whether cardiovascular disease risk algorithms may be more useful if paired with imaging technology in patients with RA.

Impact of Glucocorticoids on Endothelial Function in RA

Impact of Glucocorticoids on Endothelial Function in RA

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Glucocorticoid therapy is associated with increased cardiovascular and mortality risk, and it has been proposed that its impact on endothelial function may be to blame. However, a recent review determined that available data regarding this proposed mechanism are mixed.

Study Models Variable Smoking Status and All-Cause Mortality in RA

Study Models Variable Smoking Status and All-Cause Mortality in RA

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Retrospective research shows that each year following smoking cessation was linked with reduced risk of death from circulatory disease in former heavy smokers.

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