February is American Heart Month, which aims to reduce death caused by heart disease and encourage

Americans to remain heart healthy. When discussing heart disease, it’s important to understand the

causes and links. Clinical evidence has shown a strong connection between rheumatoid arthritis and

heart disease. According to studies published in Nature Reviews Rheumatology, more than 50 percent of

premature deaths in people with rheumatoid arthritis result from cardiovascular disease.


How Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect Your Heart

Typically, those with arthritis have higher levels of inflammation in their bodies, which can affect other

organs. In fact, patients suffering from RA have up to twice the risk of heart disease and heart failure

than the rest of the population. Inflammation is a major risk factor. The inflammatory cells progress into

blood vessel walls where they make proteins that promote more inflammation. In addition,

inflammation restructures blood-vessel walls, making the plaque more susceptible to to rupture, which

can trigger a heart attack.


Arthritis Treatment Options

We utilize a combination of therapies to successfully treat every kind of arthritis, including progressive

medicine, acupuncture, physiotherapy, and chiropractic care. In addition, an active lifestyle, balanced

diet, and control of inflammation can lower your risk of developing cardiovascular problems. If you are

experiencing pain and inflammation due to arthritis, call our doctors today at (908) 665-0770 today to

schedule your free consultation and explore your treatment options.