Did You Know That Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the Heart? Here Are Natural Remedies…
Dr Victor Marchione | June 8th, 2015
If you’re over the age of 40, you’re at an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis. An autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis affects small joints like the ones found in your fingers and toes. Inflammation occurs between the joints often causing pain and swelling.
Because rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease it differs from regular arthritis. With rheumatoid arthritis, the body is attacking itself and so there is no definite cause as to why this occurs.
Wear and tear can occur with rheumatoid arthritis which can ultimately lead to bone erosion. But rheumatoid arthritis isn’t just limited to the joints. It can affect organs like the skin, lungs, eyes and even the heart.
Rheumatoid arthritis and the heart
Research from the National Medical Centre in Mexico City, presented at an international cardiology conference this May, revealed that rheumatoid arthritis can increase the risk of heart attack. But how does a disease that affects joints trigger heart attack?
For the study, 91 participants with rheumatoid arthritis and factors of cardiovascular illness had no symptoms of heart disease. Nuclear cardiology was used to assess the existence of ischaemia and infarction – supply of blood to the heart and tissue death by lack of oxygen.
Researchers found that a quarter of those with rheumatoid arthritis had no symptoms of heart disease but they did have an increased risk of heart attack because of the presence of ischaemia and infarction – in large part due to the inflammation caused by the rheumatoid arthritis.
This study goes to show how one illness can greatly impact another. Even though someone with rheumatoid arthritis may be symptomless of heart disease, this doesn’t reduce their risk nor should they avoid getting regular check-ups for their heart.
Foods to avoid for rheumatoid arthritis
Now that we see the effects of rheumatoid arthritis on the body, eating well can be the difference between proper and improper management of the disease. Here are some foods which you should avoid if you have rheumatoid arthritis. These foods can promote further inflammation which, in turn, can cause more discomfort and pain.
Fried and processed foods
Sugars and refined carbohydrates
Alcohol and tobacco
Salt and preservatives.
By limiting these items in your diet you can have better management of your rheumatoid arthritis, helping relieve pain, stiffness and swelling.
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About The Author:
Dr. Victor Marchione received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973 and continued on to do his Medical Degree at the University of Messina. He has been licensed and practicing medicine in New York and New Jersey for more than 20 years. For more visit Bel Marra Health.