Preserved cardiorespiratory function and NT-proBNP levels before and during exercise in patients with recent onset of rheumatoid arthritis: the clinical challenge of stratifying the patient cardiovascular risks

@article{Zoli2015PreservedCF,
  title={Preserved cardiorespiratory function and NT-proBNP levels before and during exercise in patients with recent onset of rheumatoid arthritis: the clinical challenge of stratifying the patient cardiovascular risks},
  author={Angelo Zoli and Silvia Laura Bosello and Gianluca Comerci and N. Galiano and Alberto Forni and Francesco Loperfido and Gianfranco Ferraccioli},
  journal={Rheumatology International},
  year={2015},
  volume={37},
  pages={13-19}
}
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with an increased risk of myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure. In RA patients, elevated NT-proBNP levels have been reported to be a prognostic marker of left ventricular dysfunction. In this study, we evaluated cardiorespiratory functional capacity and NT-proBNP levels before and during cardiopulmonary exercise test in early RA (ERA) patients. Twenty ERA patients and 10 healthy controls were studied by color Doppler echocardiography to… CONTINUE READING