People with asthma and COPD are more at risk for COVID-19 complications because they already have damage to their lung tissue and/or over-reactive airways.
Does having IBD make you immunocompromised or at higher risk for COVID-19 complications? Learn more about your risk and how to protect yourself.
‘These preliminary findings suggest that in the United States, persons with underlying health conditions or other recognized risk factors for severe outcomes from respiratory infections appear to be at a higher risk for severe disease from COVID-19 than are persons without these conditions.’
If you’re taking a blood thinner medication, it’s because you have an underlying health issue that makes you high risk for coronavirus complications.
Some 90 percent of patients with systemic sclerosis have gastrointestinal symptoms, and the esophagus is predominantly affected.
Systemic scleroderma causes all-over inflammation and thickening and tightening of connective tissue, which can have a serious impact on the kidneys.
Having a primary care doctor in addition to a rheumatology made cholesterol screening among RA patients more likely.
There’s a known increased risk of heart disease among people with PsA. Here’s what experts who specialize in cardio-rheumatology want you to know about it.
This may have a dramatic impact on arthritis risk.
Research has shown people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more likely to develop a thyroid condition, such as hypothyroidism.
Taking corticosteroid medication plays a role, but it seems that inflammation from the disease itself also affects bone health.
A new case study — in which a uric acid crystals settled into the heart muscle of a patient with gout — suggests yes.
Methotrexate has long been believed to be cardio-protective in people who have RA, but is that really a direct benefit of methotrexate or simply the result of getting RA disease activity under good control?
‘Early and repeated assessment of comorbidities, including respiratory disease, should form part of the routine care of RA patients,’ say study authors.
This is eye-opening and important for lupus patients to know: African Americans with lupus were 18 times more likely than Caucasian patients to suffer a cardiovascular event during a 10-year period.
With advancements in rheumatoid arthritis medication, those with osteoarthritis may now have a higher disease burden overall.
The anti-malarial drug lowers cholesterol and blood sugar and makes blood less sticky, which is good for reducing blood clots and heart attack risk.
Maintaining healthy insulin and blood sugar levels is so important.
The inflammatory arthritis psoriatic arthritis affects more than just your joints and skin. Learn more about common PsA comorbidities and how to prevent and manage them.
The inflammatory arthritis ankylosing spondylitis can impact your entire body. Learn more about common ankylosing spondylitis comorbidities and how to prevent and manage them.
The relationship between arthritis and type 1 and type 2 diabetes is complicated. Here’s what we know so far.
A study found proof of heart attack-causing clogged arteries in lupus patients without any heart disease symptoms.
The autoimmune disease lupus can have an impact on your entire body. Here are the facts about common lupus comorbidities and how to prevent and manage them.
Inflammatory arthritis can increase your risk of COPD. Here’s what you must know about it.
Getting evaluated and treated early may help prevent the frustration and isolation of being left out of the conversation.
For many people, joint pain and eye problems go hand in hand. Here’s why — and how to protect your vision.
The seriousness of the gout and kidney disease connection shows the importance of getting gout under control.
For some people, cavities, gum disease, and arthritis go hand in hand. Here’s why — and how to keep your mouth as healthy as it can be.
Learn about tuberculosis, how arthritis affects your risk, and what you can do to protect yourself.
Gout affects more than your joints. Here are facts about common gout comorbidities and how to prevent and manage them.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects more than your joints. Here are the facts about common RA comorbidities and how to prevent and manage them.
Restless leg syndrome is more common among people with arthritis — here’s what we know about why and what you can do about it.
Your fatigue might be a sign that you have a sleeping disorder.
Not all cases of interstitial lung disease (ILD) are the same.
The combination of high body fat and low muscle mass is especially risky for knee OA.
When rheumatoid arthritis affects your blood vessels and makes them inflamed, it’s a condition known as rheumatoid vasculitis.
High blood sugar levels could be a factor in this chronic pain condition.
You may never have heard of this increasingly common condition, but it’s important to understand what fatty liver disease is and how to prevent and treat it.
Psoriatic arthritis is strongly associated with heart and blood vessel problems and should be taken seriously.
Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood is short on red blood cells or hemoglobin — an iron-rich protein that allows red blood cells to carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. With your...
People with lupus have a higher risk of blood clots. Future tests for these biomarkers might help tailor their treatment.
Should you take statins to help reduce your heart disease risk if you have RA? Here’s what a new study says about it.
Anti-CCP antibodies might affect bone metabolism in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Inflammation, medication, and inactivity from arthritis all play a role in raising osteoporosis risk.
Here’s why GI issues are so common among arthritis patients — and what you can do about it.
Psoriatic arthritis affects more than just your joints and skin.
Inflammation from arthritis can take a toll on your kidneys. Here’s what you need to know to avoid kidney disease.
Brothers and sisters of people with seropositive RA had a significantly higher-than-average risk of developing acute coronary syndrome.
This chest pain isn’t uncommon when you have arthritis.
People with ankylosing spondylitis have an elevated risk of DVT and pulmonary embolisms. Here’s how to protect yourself.
You’ve likely heard that carrying around excess pounds can make rheumatoid arthritis (RA) worse, but how do you know if you’re too heavy? The usual shortcut to determining whether someone is overweight is to rely on body mass index (BMI),...
If you’re among them, you should talk to your doctor about medication and lifestyle changes to lower your BP.
This is reassuring.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional dyspepsia are two common conditions that seem to defy simple medical explanation. Since neither has a clear cause (such as a structural abnormality in the GI tract) or a reliable diagnostic test to identify...
Raynaud’s disease is common among people with arthritis and rheumatic disease. Here’s what you need to know about it.
Could the same bacteria that causes gum disease also be involved in triggering RA?
Just having RA means your heart attack risk is as much as 68 percent higher than it is for someone without it.