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Increased cardiovascular disease in patients with inflammatory arthritis in primary care: a cross-sectional observation.

Peters, M.J.L., Nielen, M.M.J., Raterman, H.G., Verheij, R.A., .Schellevis, F., Nurmohamed, M.T. Increased cardiovascular disease in patients with inflammatory arthritis in primary care: a cross-sectional observation. Journal of Rheumatology: 2009, 36(9), 1866-1868
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OBJECTIVE: To compare the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with inflammatory arthritis and control subjects registered in primary care. METHODS: Conditional logistic regression analyses were used to compare the CVD prevalence in patients and controls, aged 50-75 years. RESULTS: Overall, the CVD prevalence was 66.1 per 1000 patients in inflammatory arthritis and 37.3 per 1000 patients in controls, resulting in an odds ratio of 1.83 (95% confidence interval 1.33-2.51). CONCLUSION: Inflammatory arthritis patients registered in primary care are associated with an increased cardiovascular burden, which emphasizes the need for cardiovascular risk management in the primary care setting. (aut. ref.)
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