treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and improving joint function. According to the Mayo Clinic, you may need to try several different treatments, or combinations of treatments. Arthritis of weight-bearing joints can keep you from walking comfortably or sitting up straight. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/basics/treatment/con-20034095. Over the past half century, many studies have found mortality to be increased in patients with established RA in comparison with the general population. Around 40% of all deaths in individuals with RA are attributable to cardiovascular causes, including ischemic heart disease and stroke. The four most common comorbidities among people with arthritis, in order of prevalence are the following: cardiovascular disease; infections; mental-health conditions; malignancies. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/rheumatoid.htm
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