Heart disease risk tool tailored to rheumatoid arthritis patients

Rheumatoid arthritis patients overall are twice as likely as the average person to develop heart problems. Pinpointing which rheumatoid arthritis patients need stepped-up heart disease prevention efforts has been a challenge; research now has found that standard heart disease risk assessment tools may underrate the danger a particular person faces. To better pinpoint rheumatoid arthritis patients’ heart disease risk, an international team of researchers has created a heart disease risk calculator tailored to rheumatoid arthritis.

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