High Blood Pressure and Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Question

I have high blood pressure and I was just diagnosed with RA. Will the high blood pressure affect my treatment? I haven’t had my appointment with a rheumatologist yet and am in pain.

Answer

It is important to tell your rheumatologist your complete medical history.  This would include high blood pressure as well as past surgeries and illnesses.  High blood pressure is not uncommon in people with RA.  Your rheumatologist will work with you to find the right treatment.  This is sometimes a process of trial and error, but good communication between you, your primary doctor, and your rheumatologist  will help. If you are in pain, your primary doctor should be able to recommend something until you have your appointment with rheumatology.

Victoria Ruffing, RN

About Victoria Ruffing, RN

Ms. Ruffing has been a member of the Arthritis Center since 2000, currently serving as the Nurse Manager. She is a critical member of our patient care team.