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Can rheumatoid arthritis affect your heart and blood vessels?

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When you have rheumatoid arthritis, the inflammation that makes your joints sore, hot, and swollen can lead to clogged arteries, heart attacks, and strokes.

SOURCES:

Pennington Biomedical Research Center: "Women and Heart Disease."

Harvard Health Publications: "Joint inflammation may raise risk of heart disease."

Ohio State University Research: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids Affect Risk of Depression, Inflammation."

Arthritis Today: "Fish May Reduce Inflammation," "More Fiber, Less Inflammation?" "Eat to Beat Joint Inflammation," "Inflammation and Heart Disease."

Harvard Medical School: "Patient Education: 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Rheumatoid Arthritis."

American Heart Association: "Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations."

Arthritis Foundation: "RA and Your Heart."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 05, 2018

SOURCES:

Pennington Biomedical Research Center: "Women and Heart Disease."

Harvard Health Publications: "Joint inflammation may raise risk of heart disease."

Ohio State University Research: "Omega-3 Fatty Acids Affect Risk of Depression, Inflammation."

Arthritis Today: "Fish May Reduce Inflammation," "More Fiber, Less Inflammation?" "Eat to Beat Joint Inflammation," "Inflammation and Heart Disease."

Harvard Medical School: "Patient Education: 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Rheumatoid Arthritis."

American Heart Association: "Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations."

Arthritis Foundation: "RA and Your Heart."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 05, 2018

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