Life Expectancy and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Question

Does the fact that i have RA mean that my life will shortened, does this always happen to RA sufferers?? this is very worrying.

Answer

Certainly you have read about the decreased life expectancy of those with RA, with the majority of deaths related to cardio vascular disease.  Research is starting to show that early and consistant control of the inflammation associated with RA, may lead to less risk of cardiovascular disease.  It is importatn to work with your rheumatologst to keep you RA under good contol, and work with you primary doctor to keep your overall health in good shape.  This means  stopping smoking, controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, and getting preventative testing done i.e., colonsoscopy.  There is no reason to believe you can’t live a long and healthy life. However, you must be a willing and active part of your healthcare team. 

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.