Features December, 2011 Issue

Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Not Just a Joint Disease

Heightened cardiac risk is just one consequence of RA. Others include osteoporosis, breathing problems, and eye complications.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Not Just a Joint Disease

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is best known as a disease that causes pain and swelling in the joints, but its reach doesn’t end there. RA is characterized by increased inflammatory cells in your joints. These cells can spill over into your general circulation and can have harmful effects on your heart, blood vessels, bones and other bodily systems.

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