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Can a person die from rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Michael Laccheo
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