Dr. Eric Ruderman shares his knowledge and explains if rheumatoid arthritis is fatal.
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Rheumatoid arthritis isn’t fatal and usual sense that we think of a disease being failed. You don’t die from arthritis. However, it has become very clear that people with rheumatoid arthritis, because of the inflammation in their systems, there is a systemic inflammation in their entire body. People with rheumatoid arthritis have at least twice the risk of heart disease, twice the risk of cardiovascular disease with somebody without rheumatoid arthritis. And so having rheumatoid arthritis double your risks of heart attack, doubles your risks of a stroke, increases your risks of having heart failure. And all of those things can be fatal. And so, rheumatoid arthritis, if not well treated actually lead to other complications that can in fact be fatal. And so historically, we have always assumed that people with rheumatoid arthritis die earlier lately with better therapist and aggressive treatment that starts later before a lot of damages done. We actually don’t know that that necessarily has to be the case and we can actually reduce the mortality of disease by controlling the disease better.