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Can rheumatoid arthritis lead to chest pain?

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RA makes you more likely to get heart disease. Over time, plaque builds up in your arteries. Doctors call this atherosclerosis. This can lead to a heart attack. Chest pain is a common symptom.

RA is a possible cause of a heart problem called pericarditis. Thin layers of tissue around your heart get inflamed. You may feel severe chest pain that’s easy to mistake for a heart attack.

Even though your chest pain may not be a heart attack, if you have it, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away.

From: 10 RA Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore WebMD Medical Reference

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The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms,” “Side Effects of Biologic Medications.”

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Listing, J., Gerhold, K., Zink, A. ). Published online November 2012. Rheumatology (Oxford

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American Heart Association: “What is Pericarditis?”

The Rheumatologist: “Scleritis Often Diagnosed by Ophthalmologists, But Rheumatologists Help Determine Systemic Causes.”

Rheumatology : “The risk of infections associated with rheumatoid arthritis, with its comorbidity and treatment.”

The Open Rheumatology Journal : “Is Hearing Impairment Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis? A Review.”

National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association: “What Is Fibromyalgia?”

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: “The Foot and Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center: “Rheumatoid Vasculitis.”

Maedica: “Gastrointestinal Manifestations in Systemic Autoimmune Diseases.”

Medscape: “Colitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rheumatoid Vasculitis.”

Vasculitis Foundation: “Rheumatoid Vasculitis.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on October 03, 2018

SOURCES:

The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms,” “Side Effects of Biologic Medications.”

Emergency Medicine Journal : “The emergency room in systemic rheumatic diseases.”

Listing, J., Gerhold, K., Zink, A. ). Published online November 2012. Rheumatology (Oxford

Mayo Clinic: “Diverticulitis,” “Rheumatoid arthritis: Can if affect the eyes?” “Rheumatoid Arthritis: Overview,” “Rheumatoid Arthritis: Can it affect the lungs?” “Sjogren’s syndrome: Overview.”

Journal of Aging Research : “Benefits of Exercise in Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gastrointestinal Problems in Rheumatoid Arthritis,” “How RA Inflammation Affects Your Heart,” “The Arthritis-Depression Connection.”

American Heart Association: “What is Pericarditis?”

The Rheumatologist: “Scleritis Often Diagnosed by Ophthalmologists, But Rheumatologists Help Determine Systemic Causes.”

Rheumatology : “The risk of infections associated with rheumatoid arthritis, with its comorbidity and treatment.”

The Open Rheumatology Journal : “Is Hearing Impairment Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis? A Review.”

National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association: “What Is Fibromyalgia?”

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: “The Foot and Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center: “Rheumatoid Vasculitis.”

Maedica: “Gastrointestinal Manifestations in Systemic Autoimmune Diseases.”

Medscape: “Colitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rheumatoid Vasculitis.”

Vasculitis Foundation: “Rheumatoid Vasculitis.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on October 03, 2018

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