Cardiovascular complications of rheumatoid arthritis: assessment, prevention, and treatment

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2010 May;36(2):405-26. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2010.02.002.


Morbidity and mortality rates are higher in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) than in the general population. Ischemic heart disease and heart failure now represent one of the most common causes of death in RA. Indeed, RA appears to represent an independent risk factor for ischemic heart disease, similar to diabetes mellitus. However, no clear guidelines with regard to cardiovascular disease diagnosis and prevention in RA have been developed. This review highlights recent investigations on the assessment, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular disease in RA.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / mortality*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / mortality
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / prevention & control
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / mortality*
  • Risk Factors