February is American Heart Month, which aims to reduce death caused by heart disease and encourage
Americans to remain heart healthy. When discussing heart disease, it’s important to understand the
causes and links. Clinical evidence has shown a strong connection between rheumatoid arthritis and
heart disease. According to studies published in Nature Reviews Rheumatology, more than 50 percent of
premature deaths in people with rheumatoid arthritis result from cardiovascular disease.
How does Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect Your Heart
Typically, those with arthritis have higher levels of inflammation in their bodies, which can affect other
organs. In fact, patients suffering from RA have up to twice the risk of heart disease and heart failure
than the rest of the population. Inflammation is a major risk factor. The inflammatory cells progress into
blood vessel walls where they make proteins that promote more inflammation. In addition,
inflammation restructures blood-vessel walls, making the plaque more susceptible to to rupture, which
can trigger a heart attack.
Arthritis Treatment Options
We utilize a combination of therapies to successfully treat every kind of arthritis, including progressive
medicine, acupuncture, physiotherapy, and chiropractic care. In addition, an active lifestyle, balanced
diet, and control of inflammation can lower your risk of developing cardiovascular problems. If you are
experiencing pain and inflammation due to arthritis, call our doctors today at (908) 665-0770 today to
schedule your free consultation and explore your treatment options.