Unravelling the phenotype of cardiovascular inflammation with magnetic resonance imaging: detecting the change with anti-TNF treatment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

@inproceedings{Puntmann2011UnravellingTP,
  title={Unravelling the phenotype of cardiovascular inflammation with magnetic resonance imaging: detecting the change with anti-TNF treatment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis},
  author={Valentina O Puntmann and Peter C Taylor and Rolf Gebker and Bernhard Schnackenburg and Amedeo Chiribiri and Andreas Schuster and Eike Nagel},
  year={2011}
}
Background Excess of cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in RA patients is not fully explained by traditional CV risk factors. Evidence suggests the presence of inflammation-induced vascular and myocardial injury and dysfunction, leading to premature atherosclerosis and heart failure. Aortic stiffness, an independent predictor of cardiac events and a marker of pulsatile LV afterload, improves with anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha (antiTNF) therapy in these patients; however, the effects… CONTINUE READING