Table 2 Incidence rates (events/100 person-years), rate ratios (rheumatoid arthritis (RA)/non-RA), and 95% confidence intervals of the cardiovascular (CV) risk factors that developed during follow-up in RA and non-RA subjects*
Cardiovascular risk factorsRate per 100 person-years (no. of cases)Rate ratio (95% CI)
RANon-RA
Hypertension3.67 (179)3.59 (215)1.02 (0.84–1.25)
Dyslipidaemia2.71 (158)3.64 (228)0.75 (0.61–0.91)†
High BMI (⩾30 kg/m2)0.47 (35)0.63 (54)0.75 (0.48–1.13)
Low BMI (<20 kg/m2)1.17 (83)0.65 (53)1.79 (1.28–2.54)†
Diabetes mellitus0.79 (66)1.02 (98)0.78 (0.57–1.06)
  • *Subjects with the risk factor at baseline were removed from the analysis of that specific risk factor.

  • † Significant (p<0.05) values.

  • BMI, body mass index.