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Modifiable cardiovascular risk factorsin Rheumatoid Arthritis

Abrar Ahmed Wagan, Syed Nayab Haider, Rukhsar Ahmed, Fuad Shafiq, Sadia Nasir


Objective: To determine the frequency of modifiable cardiovascular risk factors in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients at tertiary care hospital.

Methods: During this study 246 patients of Rheumatoid Arthritis were enrolled from outpatients department of Medicine of Central Park Medical College Hospital, Lahore from July 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. Demographic data and questions related to study were noted. After 14 hours of fasting 5ml of venous blood was drawn for Cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and blood sugar level. Blood tests were performed on COBAS c III (ROCHE), Framingham 10 year Risk score was calculated for every individual.

Results: The mean age of male population was (50.2 ±7.5) and females (48.4±7.6) and female gender was common. Seventy eight (78%) of study population has one modifiable risk factor. Most frequent risk factor found in this study was BMI >30 in 48.4% (n=119), High LDL 43.5% (n=107), moderate to high FRS score 40.2% (n=99), Hypertension 37.4% (n=92), Diabetes Mellitus was present in 22.8% (n=56), while smoking was least frequent risk factors with frequency of 15.9% (n=39). Framingham cardiovascular risk score was significantly different, males were having higher mean 10 year risk score (19.7%) and females (8.7%) with (p<0.01). Regression analysis revealed that older patients of Rheumatoid Arthritis with disease duration of more than seven years are four times more likely to have High Framingham risk score, moderate to high LDL and diabetes mellitus with significant high Odds ratio (p-value <0.05).

Conclusion: Rheumatoid Arthritis patients are having increased chances of developing cardiovascular risk factors leading to cardiovascular events with male sex, increasing age and disease duration.


How to cite this:Wagan AA, Haider SN, Ahmed R, Shafiq F, Nasir S. Modifiable cardiovascular risk factors in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Pak J Med Sci. 2017;33(4):973-978.   doi:

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