CARDIOVASCULAR INVOLVEMENT IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
Elif Berber Menekşe, Ferhan Cantürk, Gamze Alaylı
Keywords: Rheumatoid arthritis, cardiac involvement, atherosclerosis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic and inflammatory joint disease. Cardiac involvement is common in RA. Although cardiac involvement is clinically silent, many studies revealed that the mortality rate was increased in RA and cardiovascular disease was the most common reason of mortality in RA. In this review cardiac involvement in RA and the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease in RA were briefly summarized.