Table 2

Established cardiovascular risk factors in 40 patients with early rheumatoid arthritis and in 40 control individuals

Variable

Rheumatoid arthritis patients

Control individuals

P value


Cholesterol (mmol/l)a

5.0 (1.0)

5.1 (1.0)

0.84

Triglyceride (mmol/l)a

1.4 (0.9)

1.4 (0.9)

0.92

low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (mmol/l)a

2.8 (0.7)

3.0 (0.9)

0.80

high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (mmol/l)a

1.5 (0.4)

1.5 (0.4)

0.87

Body mass index (kg/m2)a

28 (7.6)

28 (5.7)

0.96

Smoking, everb

26 (65)

24 (60)

0.64

History of hypertensionb

7 (18)

11 (28)

0.28

History of diabetes mellitusb

5 (12)

5 (12)

1

History of hypercholesterolemiab

3 (8)

6 (15)

0.29

History of myocardial infarctionb

1 (2)

0

-

History of anginab

2 (5)

0

-

History of stroke and/or transient ischaemic attackb

1 (2)

0

-

Family history of cardiovascular diseaseb

6 (15)

10 (25)

0.26

Systolic blood pressureb

122 (24)

124 (18)

0.55

Diastolic blood pressureb

74 (10)

77 (9.6)

0.19

10-year coronary riskb

10(8.7)

9.1(7.4)

0.56


Data presented as amean (standard deviation) or bn (%).

Hannawi et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2007 9:R116   doi:10.1186/ar2323

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