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Which type of disease is rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
An autoimmune joint-: An autoimmune joint inflammation which can involve most joints in the upper and lower extremities. The exact trigger is not yet known, but untreated, it can cripple. Also, the inflammation from the RA can accelerate atherosclerosis of the arteries & lead to premature heart disease or stroke. There are many non-joint issues which can also occur. Consult with a rheumatologist to quiet inflammation!
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Autoimmune : Autoimmunity describes an abnormal activity of the immune system turning against and attacking the body itself rather than fighting bacteria, viruses, tumors, etc. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) manifests itself as painful joint swelling but can also involve the heart, lungs, and other organs. It is critical to get the inflammation under control which most of the time involves seeing a rheumatologist.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Which type of people are affected by rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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All types: All types are effected, predominantly women. It is also more common in people with other diseases and especially in smokers.

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