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Osteoarthritis of finger joints in Finns aged 30 or over: prevalence, determinants, and association with mortality
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    • Mikko M Haara, MD
    • Other Contributors:
      • Pirjo Manninen, Heikki Kröger, Jari Arokoski, Alpo Kärkkäinen, Paul Knekt, Arpo Aromaa, and Markku Heliövaara.

    Dear Editor

    We are grateful for the thoughtful comments by Grindulis et al.[1] concerning osteoarthritis (OA) as a predictor of cardiovascular mortality.[2] We agree that our results could have been presented in more detail. A priori, however, we had focused our comprehensive study on the prevalence of finger OA, on its risk determinants and on its association with total mortality. Interestingly, we ob...

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    Osteoarthritis and cardiovascular death
    • Karl A Grindulis, Consultant Rheumatologist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Gurbir Bhatia, Russell Davis, Michael Sosin, Derek Connolly, and Fazal Khattak

    Dear Editor

    Haara et al. recently published a study assessing epidemiological aspects of osteoarthritis (OA) in Finland.[1] A finding of interest was their identification of OA (in any finger joint) as a predictor of cardiovascular death among men, with the authors suggesting an undetermined metabolic factor as a mechanism. It may be that the disability conferred by OA in the lower limbs delays presenta...

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