Table 1

Prevalence of traditional cardiovascular risk factors at RA incidence in RA and non-RA patients

Cardiovascular risk factorRA patientsNon-RA patientsp Value
N (%)N (%)
Cigarette smoking<0.001
    Never285 (47)341 (57)
    Former148 (25)118 (19)
    Current170 (28)144 (24)
Hypertension312 (52)298 (49)0.42
Dyslipidaemia163 (49)169 (52)0.45
High BMI (⩾30 kg/m2)71 (13)68 (13)0.98
Low BMI (<20 kg/m2)73 (13)63 (12)0.50
Diabetes mellitus44 (7)41 (7)0.74
Family cardiac history287 (48)284 (47)0.86
Personal cardiac history77 (13)72 (12)0.66
  • BMI, body mass index; RA, rheumatoid arthritis.