publication . Other literature type . 2015

Epidemiology of comorbidities in early rheumatoid arthritis : with emphasis on cardiovascular disease

Kerola, Anne;
Open Access English
  • Published: 06 May 2015
  • Publisher: Helsingin yliopisto
  • Country: Finland
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with a substantially increased risk for cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. Along with their CV burden, RA patients are at increased risk for other comorbidities such as hypothyroidism and depressive symptoms. The aim of this work was to evaluate the prevalence of CV comorbidities and hypothyroidism among RA patients in comparison to those of the general population at the time of RA diagnosis. We also aimed to determine, among patients with early RA, the contribution of psychiatric and CV comorbidities as causes of long-term work disability (WD). Lastly, we assessed CV mortality rates in early RA. Between 2000 and...
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