Depression, stress, anxiety and anger compound risk of cardiovascular disease in rheumatoid arthritis patients

Depressive symptoms, stress, anxiety, and anger and lack of social support in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were linked to atherosclerosis—a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries that contributes to cardiovascular disease. The study suggests that screening and treatment of psychosocial symptoms may curb the cardiovascular disease burden in RA patients.

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