Cardiology

Risk factors ID'd for VTE, ASCVD in rheumatoid arthritis patients

(HealthDay)—For patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), there are common risk factors for venous thromboembolism (VTE) and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), and the risk for ASCVD is increased after unprovoked ...

Cardiology

New advice on arthritis drugs

New research evaluating the drugs commonly used by rheumatoid arthritis patients suggests two combinations could reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes.

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Inflammation at IP thumb joint common in psoriatic arthritis

(HealthDay)—Patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) more often have inflammation at the interphalangeal (IP) joint of the thumb compared to those with undifferentiated inflammatory arthritis (UIA), according to a study ...

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Arthritis

Arthritis (from Greek arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation; plural: arthritides) is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body.

There are different forms of arthritis and each has a different cause. The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, autoimmune diseases in which the body attacks itself. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection. Gouty arthritis is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint, causing inflammation. There is also an uncommon form of gout caused by the formation of rhomboid crystals of calcium pyrophosphate. This gout is known as pseudogout.

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