Table 3

 Any cardiovascular event among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, by age and prior cardiovascular event

RANo RARate difference (95% CI)Rate ratio (95% CI)
nEventsPerson-yearsRatenEventsPerson-yearsRate
MI, myocardial infarction; RA, rheumatoid arthritis.
The rate is events per 1,000 person years. The rate difference is the absolute difference in events per 1000 person years between patients with RA and those without RA. The composite outcome refers to myocardial infarction, stroke, or cardiovascular death. Prior cardiovascular event refers to a diagnosis code for a myocardial infarction or stroke during the 24 months before start of follow-up.
No prior CV event
All ages244138286852512.124821347006974556.75.4 (4.6 to 6.1)1.8 (1.7 to 1.9)
18–49682429198661.568596682015580.31.1 (0.7 to 1.6)4.3 (3.0 to 6.2)
50–647962144229216.2797275102307782.24.1 (3.2 to 4.9)2.8 (2.4 to 3.3)
65–7453392431501716.25557911391564107.38.9 (7.2 to 10.0)2.2 (2.0 to 2.5)
75+42824121072238.444,3112,98310871027.411.0 (7.8 to 14.2)1.4 (1.3 to 1.5)
Any prior cardiovascular event
All ages9722142087102.5476317288604200.8−98.3 (−112.3 to −84.3)0.5 (0.5 to 0.6)
18–4949612448.515841315130.3−81.8 (−128.4 to −35.1)0.4 (0.2 to 0.8)
50–642163155256.28902741871146.5−90.3 (−112.4 to −68.2)0.4 (0.3 to 0.5)
65–743256671991.81,4114782847167.9−76.1 (−98.6 to −53.6)0.5 (0.4 to 0.7)
75+382111692160.423049353572261.8−101.4 (−130.1 to −72.6)0.6 (0.5 to 0.7)