Brain natriuretic peptide is a potentially useful screening tool for the detection of cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

@article{Harney2006BrainNP,
  title={Brain natriuretic peptide is a potentially useful screening tool for the detection of cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Sinead M.J. Harney and Jonathan Timperley and Clare Keating Daly and Anantham Harin and Theodore W. James and Michael R Brown and Adrian P. Banning and Kim Fox and Suzanne M. Donnelly and Bryan Paul Wordsworth},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  year={2006},
  volume={65 1},
  pages={
          136
        }
}
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a significantly higher risk of coronary heart disease, despite being less likely to report symptoms of angina, and are more likely to experience unrecognised myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death than non-RA controls.1 Furthermore, left ventricular diastolic dysfunction has been described in up to 40% of patients with RA.2 Traditional risk factors partially account for this increased risk, and primary prevention is important in this high… CONTINUE READING
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