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If RA is left untreated does it shorten your lifespan?
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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Yes
Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease which means that the entire body is under attack not just the joints.
Due to the widespread inflammation, internal organs can be affected such as the lungs, blood vessels, heart, and other organs. The good news is that newer medicines are lessening the burden of rheumatoid inflammation. Thus, prompt diagnosis and treatment have become even more important.

In brief: Yes
Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease which means that the entire body is under attack not just the joints.
Due to the widespread inflammation, internal organs can be affected such as the lungs, blood vessels, heart, and other organs. The good news is that newer medicines are lessening the burden of rheumatoid inflammation. Thus, prompt diagnosis and treatment have become even more important.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
In brief: Yes
Typically, yes.
Patients with untreated rheumatoid arthritis have a higher chance of getting cardiovascular diseases and cancers than patients without rheumatoid arthritis.

In brief: Yes
Typically, yes.
Patients with untreated rheumatoid arthritis have a higher chance of getting cardiovascular diseases and cancers than patients without rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheo
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