Arthritis raises risk of fatal blood clots
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.