Myocardial Inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Jan 19, 2017

Heart disease in rheumatoid arthritis is well known, but whether it's present in RA patients with no known heart disease or risk factors is not as well known.

Heart disease in rheumatoid arthritis is well known, but whether it's present in RA patients with no known heart disease or risk factors is not as well known. In this slideshow, we highlight examples of heart inflammation diagnosed in once heart-healthy RA patients as shown in magnetic resonance imaging.  See the related story:  "Myocardial Inflammation Detected in Once Heart-Healthy RA Patients."   

References:

Hitomi Kobayshi, Yasuyuki Kobayashi, Isamu Yokoe, et. al. “Magnetic Resonance-Detected Myocardial Inflammation and Fibrosis in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Associations of Disease Characteristics and N-terminal pro Brain Natriuretic Peptide Levels.” Arthritis Care & Research. Published online November 3, 2016. DOI: 10.1002/acr.23138