Arthritis and heart diseases often occur simultaneously. In fact, a recent study found that arthritis affects 57 percent of adults with heart disease. And in the case of patients with RA, the incidence of heart disease is much higher. RA is actually a separate risk factor for heart disease just like high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for both people with arthritis and with heart disease. In particular, physical activity is recommended for people with both diseases. However, recent research has shown that over one-quarter of people with both heart disease and arthritis are not physically active.
Unfortunately for those people, physical activity is one of several healthy self-management tools that can help both arthritis and heart disease.
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