The autoantibody rheumatoid factor may be an independent risk factor for ischaemic heart disease in men.
BACKGROUND: Subjects with rheumatoid arthritis have an increased prevalence of ischaemic heart disease (IHD). This is most likely in those people with the autoantibody rheumatoid factor (RF). RF is strongly associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) but is also present in up to 15% of all adults. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether RF might identify people in a general population who also share an increased likelihood of developing IHD. METHODS: Subjects from the Hertfordshire Cohort Study were in...Expand abstract
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