So much of study and research being done on RA. Wonder whether the patients are getting the benefit !
Rheumatoid Arthritis Severity Overlooked
By Vonda J. Sines July 6 499 1
Patients who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) travel a much rougher road than the public realizes, researchers report. My family recently witnessed the severity of RA, which hit us like a tsunami.
Scientists believe that in terms of damage, RA has been overlooked. The reason is media focus on high-profile conditions like cancer and HIV, according to Medical News Today. Mayo Clinic researchers found that 20 percent of patients with this type of arthritis find themselves unable to work two years after diagnosis. After five years, the number rises to 1 in 3. These individuals face a life expectancy shortened by as many as five years. They also have twice the average chance of heart failure and a risk of heart attack 50 percent higher than average.