Researchers conducted a meta-analysis and systematic review of literature to determine if diastolic dysfunction is more prevalent in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Twenty-five studies involving 5,836 patients, including 1,614 with rheumatoid arthritis, were included in the review. Read this explanation of diastolic dysfunction.
According to study results published in the April 2013 issue of Arthritis Care and Research, rheumatoid arthritis patients had larger mean left atrial dimension, higher left ventricular mass index, higher mean systolic pulmonary artery pressure, prolonged isovolumetric relaxation time, and higher transmitral A wave velocity compared to controls. The echocardiographic findings did suggest that rheumatoid arthritis patients are more likely to have disastolic dysfunction.
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