It is known that people with rheumatoid arthritis or other chronic inflammatory conditions have a higher risk of heart disease. Mayo Clinic researchers looked into who is at most risk and will present their findings at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting held October 25-30, 2013, in San Diego.
Researchers identified certain factors that appear to be associated with increased heart disease risk in rheumatoid arthritis patients. The risk factors include early menopause (i.e., before age 45), a severe disease course, and immunity to cytomegalovirus.
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