“Our study revealed that respiratory-related deaths were the most over-represented cause of death in our RA cohort,” Dr. England said. “As a result, we should apply the same focus to identifying, treating and preventing respiratory disease as we did to cardiovascular disease.
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“For researchers, this requires developing better methods, such as biomarkers, for the identification of RA-associated respiratory disease early in the disease course. For clinicians, this demands aggressive management of patients’ respiratory conditions, often in collaboration with a pulmonologist, and most importantly encouraging and assisting with smoking cessation efforts in those who are tobacco users.”
Catherine Kolonko is a medical writer based in Oregon.
- England BR, Sayles H, Michaud K, et al. Cause-specific mortality in male US veterans with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Jan;68(1):36–45.