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Arthritis Res Ther. 2012 Jul 19;14(4):122. doi: 10.1186/ar3891.

Inflammation, endothelial function and atherosclerosis in rheumatoid arthritis.

Abstract

Different techniques have proven to be useful in determining the presence of subclinical cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Doppler imaging with iontophoresis of acetylcholine and flow-mediated, endothelium-dependent vasodilation give information on endothelial dysfunction, an early step in the atherogenesis process. However, there is no good correlation between these two surrogate markers of cardiovascular disease in RA. A single determination of routine laboratory markers of inflammation does not seem to relate to endothelial function in RA. Further research is needed to determine whether microvascular endothelial function is a better predictor of cardiovascular outcome than macrovascular endothelial function in patients with RA.

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22808986
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PMC3580546
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10.1186/ar3891
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