Autoimmune Diseases Raise Heart Attack Risk

It's a problem that primarily affects women. The risk is highest in those with rheumatoid arthritis.


It’s hard to imagine what would cause your immune system to attack the cells in your own body, but that’s what happens when you have an autoimmune disease. The affected body site may vary, and symptoms may range from mild to severe and be sporadic or ongoing. But the 80 or so autoimmune diseases have one thing in common—inflammation. This puts people with autoimmune diseases at increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).

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