Journal article

Increased case fatality rates following a first acute cardiovascular event in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

S Van Doornum, C Brand, B King, V Sundararajan

ARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATISM | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), cardiovascular mortality is increased compared with the rate among unaffected peers. In this study, 30-day mortality rates following a first acute cardiovascular event (myocardial infarction or stroke) were compared between RA patients and the general population. METHODS: All cases of a first acute cardiovascular event between July 1, 2001 and November 30, 2003 in Victoria, Australia were identified from hospital discharge data. Individuals were classified as having RA when an International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) or an International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Relate..

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