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Can rheumatoid arthritis affect your heart?

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Rheumatoid arthritis can inflame the lining around your heart (pericarditis) or your heart muscle (myocarditis). You probably wouldn�t notice symptoms, but there�s a chance you could feel shortness of breath or chest pain. If you do, call your doctor. RA can also raise your odds of heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and stroke.

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Ching D. , November 1992.  British Journal of Rheumatology

eMedicine.com: "Rheumatoid Arthritis-Symptoms." 

Kelly, C. , February 1993. Bailliere's Clinical Rheumatology

Klippel, J. , 12th edition, Arthritis Foundation, 2001.  Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases

Lee, D., Weinblatt, M. , 2001.  Lancet

Masi, A. , Dec. 30, 1983.  American Journal of Medicine

Venables, P. UpToDate topic: "Clinical Features of Rheumatoid Arthritis," Jan. 20, 2005.

Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 21, 2018

SOURCES: 

Ching D. , November 1992.  British Journal of Rheumatology

eMedicine.com: "Rheumatoid Arthritis-Symptoms." 

Kelly, C. , February 1993. Bailliere's Clinical Rheumatology

Klippel, J. , 12th edition, Arthritis Foundation, 2001.  Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases

Lee, D., Weinblatt, M. , 2001.  Lancet

Masi, A. , Dec. 30, 1983.  American Journal of Medicine

Venables, P. UpToDate topic: "Clinical Features of Rheumatoid Arthritis," Jan. 20, 2005.

Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 21, 2018

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