It’s well established that inflammatory types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Now, a Dutch study shows that if in addition to the arthritis you have hypothyroidism – a condition in which the thyroid gland produces an insufficient amount of hormones – your risk is even higher.
“Evidence is accumulating,” explains study co-author Michael T. Nurmohamed, MD, PhD, a rheumatologist at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. “Rheumatoid arthritis as well as hypothyroidism are independently associated with an increased cardiovascular risk, such as heart attacks and strokes. If you have both, then the risk is amplified,” he says. The study was published online in March in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Read More (courtesy Jennifer Davis, Arthritis Today)