Cardiovascular Risk Higher Among Black Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

According to a study recently published in Medical Sciences, Black people with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have increased rates of cardiovascular risk factors compared to our white counterparts. Cardiovascular risk factors include hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and dyslipidemia. Keep reading to learn how the data compares!

The data from this study, which was collected over 7 years between 2010 and 2017, emphasized the vulnerability of blacks and the need for real risk management.

503 rheumatoid arthritis patients participated in this study. 88.5% of these participants were Black, 29.4% were smokers, and 87.9% were women, all over the age of 18. In an effort to be as accurate as possible, researchers collected physicians’ notes on consultations, inpatient and outpatient records, and records of the use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs.

During the study, researchers examined cardiovascular disease outcomes and risk profiles, features of rheumatoid arthritis disease acuteness, and therapeutic patterns. The results of the participants, who were mostly Black, were