Rheumatologists contribute to the clinic their assessment of disease-related cardiovascular risk factors, such as disease activity or prescribed medications. “The risk factors are a little bit different and the approach may be a little bit different,” explained Dr. Gabriel.
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Lara C. Pullen, PhD, is a medical writer based in the Chicago area.
Studies on the Cardiovascular Effects of the Drugs Used by Rheumatologists
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