Journal article

Increased 30-day and 1-year mortality rates and lower coronary revascularisation rates following acute myocardial infarction in patients with autoimmune rheumatic disease

Sharon Van Doornum, Megan Bohensky, Mark A Tacey, Caroline A Brand, Vijaya Sundararajan, Ian P Wicks

ARTHRITIS RESEARCH & THERAPY | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: It is now well-recognised that patients with autoimmune rheumatic disease (AIRD) have a predisposition to cardiovascular disease that results in increased morbidity and mortality. Following myocardial infarction (MI), patients with rheumatoid arthritis have been shown to have an increased case fatality rate; however, this has not been demonstrated in other forms of AIRD. The aim of this study was to compare case fatality rates following a first MI in patients with AIRD versus the general population. The secondary aim was to compare revascularisation treatment following MI in patients with AIRD versus the general population. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using two popula..

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