According to recent research, patients who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are 70% more likely to suffer a heart attack in the first year itself in which the disease is diagnosed.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a form of arthritis that develops inflammation in the wrapping of joints, pain, stiffness and loss of function. It is a chronic disease that can affect any joint, although it is quite frequent in the wrists, finger joints, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and the toes.
Inflammation is one the contributing factors for cardiovascular diseases. Hence, rheumatological inflammation is one of the most common cardiovascular risk factors and also to diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity or tobacco consumption.
It begins with fatigue, inappetence, morning stiffness, generalized muscle pain, and weakness. At a later stage, the joint pain starts. You will notice, when your body joints are not in motion for some time, it can become hot, sensitive and rigid. When the lining of the joint becomes inflamed, it produces more fluid and the joint swells. More frequent in women than in men, it is not a disease typical of advanced ages, its most diagnosed arc is between 45 and 55 years, although it can also affect children.
Rheumatoid arthritis usually requires life-long treatment that includes medication, physical therapy, exercise, education and possibly surgery.
A specific blood test is available to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis and differentiate it from other types of arthritis. This test is called citrullinated cyclic anti-peptide antibody testing (anti-CCP antibodies).
In addition to rest, strengthening exercises and medication, you should also lead a quiet life, without great physical activity or psychic stress.
RA patients should sleep an average of eight to ten hours at night, as well as a daily nap of thirty minutes.
Starting the day with a bath of hot water can also help to reduce any kind of morning stiffness and pain.