Carotid Atherosclerosis, Disease Measures, Oxidized Low-density Lipoproteins, and Atheroprotective Natural Antibodies for Cardiovascular Disease in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis - An Inception Cohort Study
The Journal of Rheumatology, 05/17/2012
Ajeganova S et al. – Bilateral carotid plaques were associated with poor cardiovascular disease (CVD)–free survival. Early reductions of inflammation, pain, and disability as well as methotrexate (MTX) usage were associated with better CVD outcome. Elevated oxidized low–density lipoprotein (oxLDL) and low IgM anti–PC levels may link chronic inflammation in RA to enhanced risk of CVD events.