Valvular involvement in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

  title={Valvular involvement in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Ana Paula Beckhauser and Liz Vallin and Claudine Juliana C Burkievcz and S{\^o}nia Perreto and Mar{\'i}lia Barreto Gameiro Silva and Thelma L Skare},
  journal={Acta reumatologica portuguesa},
  volume={34 1},
BACKGROUND Although pericarditis is the most commonly recognized cardiac lesion in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), this disease affects all the three cardiac layers. OBJECTIVE To study valvular lesions in RA, trying to correlate them with other clinical variables, auto antibodies and functional class. METHODS One hundred twenty two controls and 184 patients with RA without cardiac symptoms were studied using bidimensional echocardiography. We also studied smoking habits, age and disease duration… CONTINUE READING