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RA raises cardiac risk even without CAD

Key clinical point: Rheumatoid arthritis significantly increases the risk of adverse cardiac events, particularly among patients who also have coronary artery disease (CAD), but also in those without CAD.

Major finding: RA alone conferred a 63% greater risk of myocardial infarction vs. RA without CAD.

Study details: A population-based cohort study of 125,331 patients registered in the Western Denmark Heart Registry who had coronary angiography from 2003 through 2016.

Disclosures: The study authors did not declare any outside source of funding or any competing interests.


Løgstrup BB et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2020 May 29. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2020-217154