New Delhi: Are you suffering from rheumatoid arthritis? Watch out. You may also be at double the risk of a heart attack, according to a 10-year-long Danish study on about 5 lakh people. But the risk increased to six times in women younger than 50.
Dr Rajiva Gupta, rheumatologist, says: "Indians are more at risk, considering our genes that make us prone to heart disease and a rising trend of rheumatoid arthritis due to our lifestyle."
Eighty-year-old Shyama Yadav has been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for 10 years. Six months ago she developed heart disease.
Shyama said, "I never thought/knew I could be more at risk of heart disease because of a problem in my bones."
Doctors say there is a possible reason. Dr Kasliwal, cardiologist, says: "Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease and inflammatory substances circulating in the body risk heart disease."
This is what could be waiting to happen to 80% of the 10 million Indians with rheumatoid arthritis.
So if you develop symptoms like joint pains and stiffness, especially early in the morning, it is wise to get tested for rheumatoid arthritis and get cured. Also, avoid triggers for heart issues.