Table 1

Cross-sectional demographic data compared across groups

VariableActive RA (n=82)RA in remission (n=31)Population controls (n=86)p Value (active vs remission)p Value (active vs control)p Value (remission vs control)
Demographic data
 Age56.958.1 (8.0)53.7 (10.5)0.540.050.02
 Female sex64 (78.0)22 (71.0)53 (61.6)0.430.020.35
 Education35 (42.7)14 (45.2)38 (46.3)0.810.640.91
 Smoking21 (25.9)4 (12.9)20 (23.3)0.140.690.22
 BMI26.3 (5.6)25.0 (3.9)25.4 (4.0)0.280.220.66
 Disease duration17.1 (2.1)16.9 (1.7)0.70
Presence of comorbidities
 MI4 (5.5)0 (0.0)3 (3.7)0.190.600.29
 Stroke6 (7.3)1 (3.2)1 (1.2)0.420.050.45
 Diabetes9 (11.0)1 (3.2)2 (2.4)0.200.030.79
Current use of medication
 Antihypertensives31 (37.8)3 (9.7)18 (21.2)0.0040.020.16
 Statins16 (19.5)2 (6.5)13 (15.3)0.090.470.21
 Prednisolone27 (32.9)4 (12.9)0.03
 Methotrexate28 (34.1)9 (29.0)0.61
 TNFα inhibitors24 (30.0)5 (16.1)0.14
  • Crude mean (SD) values presented and numbers (percentages) for counts.

    BMI, body mass index; MI, myocardial infarction; RA, rheumatoid arthritis; smoking, smoking ever vs never; stroke, cerebrovascular accident due to ischaemia or haemorrhage; TNFα, tumour necrosis factor α.