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The increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is well known and inflammation appears to play a pivotal aetiological role. There is now substantial interest in whether or not psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is also associated with an enhanced cardiovascular (CV) risk. However, data on CVD in PsA is limited.1,–,3 The aim of this comparative study was to determine the prevalence of non-fatal CVD in patients with PsA compared with patients with RA and to investigate the risk factors of CVD in PsA.
In 2008 a CV questionnaire was sent to all 753 patients with PsA aged 50–75 years registered at our centre.4 As a comparator group, data from 353 randomly selected patients with RA aged 50–75 years (the CARdiovascular research and RhEumatoid arthritis study) were …
Funding This study was financed by the Clinical Research Bureau of the Jan van Breemen Institute. The study sponsors had no involvement in the study design or in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the paper for publication.
Competing interests None.
Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the medical ethics committee of Slotervaart ziekenhuis, Jan van Breemen Institute en Boven ij ziekenhuis.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.