Revealed the biggest cause of death in people with rheumatoid arthritis
These patients still die sooner than healthy individuals. See the reasons behind this and how to
The RA is an autoimmune disease characterized by the source progressive destruction of a membrane covering the joints . It is estimated that 2 million Brazilians are affected by this condition, mostly women between 30 and 50 years. And a huge survey of the University of Toronto , Canada, has just assessed the main reasons for death among these individuals.
Data from 87 thousand affected by the problem were compared with the information of 348 thousand healthy people. The findings show that the major causes of death did not vary: cardiovascular diseases , pneumonia and cancer were in the first three positions in both groups.
But what catches the eye is the high mortality among those with rheumatoid arthritis. During the 13-year follow-up, 14% of them died , while 9% of the other group had the same fate.
“We are talking about a disease that is not limited to joints, but affects the whole organism in a systemic way,” says Dr. Fernando Neubarth, director of the Brazilian Society of Rheumatology . Previous studies have shown that individuals with this condition most often have high cholesterol and hypertension , other factors that support heart and vessel pyripac , for example.
Not to mention the fact that some of the drugs that fight the disease are related to long-term side effects. To avoid many of these adverse events, it is essential to seek the specialist as soon as possible. ” Early detection allows us to perform better, which avoids many of these unwanted repercussions,” Neubarth adds.
Therefore, if you experience pain, swelling and inflammation in the joints of any part of the body that lasts for more than six weeks , make an appointment with your doctor. This professional will be able to analyze the situation and indicate the best exams.
If rheumatoid arthritis is confirmed, the good news is that the drugs have evolved and are increasingly safe and effective. That is, you can avoid the limitation of movement, the deformation of the joints and so on.
For those who have already received the diagnosis, it is worth following the rheumatologist’s recommendations and closely following up with the cardiologist. The checkups help to catch early cardiovascular changes and thus reverse them before they cause more serious damage in the future, such as stroke or stroke .