Arthri­tis raises risk of fa­tal blood clots

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eo­ple with rheuma­toid arthri­tis (RA) are at an in­creased risk of suf­fer­ing a po­ten­tially fa­tal blood clot in their legs or lungs, a con­di­tion called deep vein throm­bo­sis (DVT). RA is a chronic and of­ten painful dis­ease af­fect­ing the joints, caus­ing them to be­come in­flamed. If un­treated, the in­flam­ma­tion can lead to per­ma­nent dam­age in the joints. The study found that those with RA were more likely to have other health con­di­tions, such as di­a­betes, high choles­terol and high blood pres­sure.

This risk was even greater in younger peo­ple with RA. Those un­der the age of 50 with the joint con­di­tion were al­most six times more likely to de­velop DVT, re­port re­searchers in the jour­nal, An­nals of the Rheumatic Dis­eases.

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