Table 2

Incidence of cardiovascular risk factors over follow-up in RA and non-RA patients

Cardiovascular risk fctorRate per 100 person-years (no of cases)Rate ratio (95% CI)
RANon-RA
Hypertension3.67 (179)3.59 (215)1.02 (0.84 to 1.25)
Hyperlipidaemia2.71 (158)3.64 (228)0.75 (0.61 to 0.91)
High BMI (⩾30 kg/m2)0.47 (35)0.63 (54)0.75 (0.48 to 1.13)
Low BMI (<20 kg/m2)1.17 (83)0.65 (53)1.79 (1.28 to 2.54)
Diabetes mellitus0.79 (66)1.02 (98)0.78 (0.57 to 1.06)
  • BMI, body mass index; RA, rheumatoid arthritis.