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.
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