10/10/2013

Aortic ultrasound evaluation is better at detecting cardiovascular disease than coronary artery calcification scores in patients with chronic rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the November Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. "These results support the use of carotid ultrasonography as the imaging technique of choice for detection of high/very high CV risk in RA patients with moderate mSCORE," the authors said. The study also underscores the importance of treating RA patients the same as other cardiovascular disease patients, since RA puts people at a higher risk for heart disease, added Dr. Parker Ward, who did not participate in the research.

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