Raised erythrocyte sedimentation rate signals heart failure in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

@article{MaraditKremers2007RaisedES,
  title={Raised erythrocyte sedimentation rate signals heart failure in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Hilal Maradit-Kremers and Paulo Jorge Nicola and Cynthia S Crowson and Karla V. Ballman and Steven J. Jacobsen and Veronique Lee Roger and Sherine E. Gabriel},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  year={2007},
  volume={66 1},
  pages={
          76-80
        }
}
BACKGROUND Inflammatory markers are associated with heart failure. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have twice the risk of heart failure compared with people without rheumatoid arthritis. OBJECTIVE To assess whether heart failure in patients with rheumatoid arthritis is preceded by an inflammatory activation as shown by erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), a systemic marker of inflammation. METHODS A population-based inception cohort of 575 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, free of… CONTINUE READING
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