Here is a piece of bad news to all patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). According to a latest medical study, people suffering from RA are at risk to also suffer from heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation.
Based on a study conducted on four million people in Denmark, people who have RA are 40 percent more likely to suffer also from atrial fibrillation.On the same study, it was also discovered that women who suffer from RA are the the ones more likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation than men. The study also showed that patients suffering from RA had a more than 30 percent higher risk of stroke.
Earlier studies has already shown that RA can also lead to heart attacks, heart failure and stroke. To avoid suffering from atrial fibrillation, researchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte r ecommended that RA patients undergo annual screening for cardiovascular risk factors, and this should include screening for atrial fibrillation. Moreover, the researchers also advised RA sufferers to avoid taking too much medicine to treat their sickness since doing so could lead to atrial fibrillation.