Rheumatoid arthritis may predispose patients to atrial fibrillation, stroke

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have higher risks of atrial fibrillation (AF) and stroke than the general population, Danish researchers have found.

“Overall, our findings corresponded to 1 new case of atrial fibrillation per 12 rheumatoid arthritis patients followed for 10 years after diagnosis,” the authors wrote in their paper published in the British Medical Journal.

Death rates among patients with RA are 1.5-fold higher than in the general population, with cardiovascular disease cited as the leading cause of...

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