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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can a person die from rheumatoid arthritis?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 16 years experience
Not likely: It is unusual to die as a direct cause of rheumatoid arthritis. Most people with rheumatoid arthritis die from the same reasons that most people die in modern societies: heart disease. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to increase the risk of heart disease.
Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
Rheumatology 26 years experience
Possibly: Overall mortality in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is higher than the general population. However, with early diagnosis and treatment, the risk drops down. Be aware that RA patients generally do not die from their arthritis per se. Ra patients have increased cardiovascular risk (heart attacks and strokes) in ra. Therefore, monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol, sugar, and weight. Don't smoke.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

If I do not take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis will I die?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Shorter life: Untreated rheumatoid arthritis shortens lives. The effect on the lifespan depends on the severity of the disease and the amount of inflammation. Stopping RA medications rarely causes immediate death but untreated RA is potentially very serious.
Last updated Apr 17, 2019
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