Smoking is already an unhealthy activity, but there may now be even more evidence that smoking can be deadly for people with rheumatoid arthritis. A study conducted by British researchers and published in Arthritis Care & Researchfound that people diagnosed with arthritis had a much higher risk of death if they smoked than if they were smoke free.
The Connection Between Smoking and Mortality for Arthritis Patients
The study focused on a group of 5,677 patients made up of current smokers, former smokers, and people who had never smoked before. Each patient had already been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and were tracked over time, allowing smoking statuses to vary.
After an average follow-up of five years, the study reported that the death rates of smokers was more than double that of patients who had never smoked. In addition, the study found that smokers had a significantly increased risk of death from any cause.
Given that people with rheumatoid arthritis are already have higher rates of smoking and other cardiovascular risk factors, the increased threat of mortality is even more serious. However, the study also discovered that arthritis patients who quit smoking had a decreased risk of mortality each year after they successfully stopped the habit.
If you have any questions about rheumatoid arthritis and how habits like smoking can affect your health, make sure to contact a physician. Give us a call at 440-617-4852 or contact Westshore online and set up an appointment today and get more information on what you can do to live a happy and healthy life.
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