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can a person die from rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Michael Laccheo
14 years experience Rheumatology
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.
Answered on Apr 17, 2019
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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
24 years experience Rheumatology
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.
Answered on Apr 17, 2019
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Yes: Yes. Especially without treatment, rheumatoid arthritis can potentially be very disabling.
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