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The Link between Arthritis and Heart Disease

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Arthritis: Closer to your heart than you’d think

While many are focused on heart disease during February, and for a good reason, the Arthritis Foundation, Wisconsin Chapter wants to remind you to keep arthritis in mind as well. Arthritis and heart disease are more closely related than many would think. A recent study found that arthritis affects 57 percent of adults with heart disease; in cases with patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the incidence of heart disease is much higher.

The presence of arthritis can complicate management of these chronic conditions by presenting an additional barrier to healthier lifestyles, such as increased pain during physical activity.

Arthritis Foundation of Wisconsin

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Written by heartcurrents

February 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Posted in heart conditions

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