Doctor Myasnikov: People with rheumatoid arthritis may suffer from heart disease and cancer

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Doctor Alexander Myasnikov warned Russians that rheumatoid arthritis is dangerous due to its consequences, which can take the form of cardiovascular pathologies.

Rheumatoid arthritis is often called a joint disease. Indeed, with its development, patients suffer from a variety of joint problems, including swelling and pain. But Dr. Myasnikov said that rheumatoid arthritis is primarily an inflammatory disease, and it can affect not only the joints.

“This is a systemic inflammatory disease. It begins not because the joints are worn out, but because there is inflammation in the body. And it is not always limited only to the joints,” said the famous physician on the set of the TV program “About the Most Important Thing.”
Alexander Myasnikov added that rheumatoid arthritis can occur even in children, but many of its cases are still the stories of patients over 50 years old. Women get it three times more often than men. Speaking about the symptoms, Myasnikov called the disease “symmetrical.”

“If you have pain in the small joints on one hand, they can hurt on the other. Another important symptom is morning stiffness: with rheumatoid arthritis, it takes a long time to go away and can persist for up to an hour,” he explained.
Myasnikov warned that people with rheumatoid arthritis may suffer from heart disease. He stated that the cardiovascular system in his case is gradually destroyed by the inflammatory process.

In particular, with rheumatoid arthritis, pericarditis and arrhythmia occur.

In addition, inflammation can cause negative changes in the condition of organs hearing and vision, lungs.

“This type of arthritis also increases the risks of thrombosis and cancer,” the doctor warned.
Earlier, the portal wrote that Doctor Myasnikov advised people with knee pain to get checked for hepatitis.

Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.

Alexander Myasnikov Alexander Myasnikov Health general practitioner, cardiologist, chief physician of City Clinical Hospital No. 71 (Moscow), television and radio presenter.