Higher risk of postoperative death in RA

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are at a much higher risk of myocardial infarction and death after joint surgery compared with other patients, Victorian researchers have found.

Data from all joint surgery performed in the state from 2000 to 2007 showed risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality at six weeks was around double for RA patients, after adjusting for age, sex, comorbidities and other possible confounders.