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Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers may have increased blood clot risk

Many people here in Minnesota and in the rest of the United States suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. As we have mentioned previously on this blog, rheumatoid arthritis can have many impacts on a person. A recent study indicates that there may be yet another thing this condition can lead to a person facing: increased risk of dangerous blood clots.

The study was recently published in the online version of the "Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases." The study looked at medical data regarding individuals from Taiwan. The data covered a time period spanning about two decades.

In the study, researchers compared the data of individuals who had rheumatoid arthritis to the data of those who did not to see if there were any differences between these two groups when it came to the risk of developing two types of blood clots: pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thromboses.

Pulmonary embolisms are lung-based blood clots and deep vein thromboses are leg-based blood clots. These two types of blood clots can be very dangerous. They can sometimes lead to a person's death.

The study found that, in comparison to individuals without rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis sufferers had double the risk of developing pulmonary embolisms and over triple the risk of developing deep vein thromboses.

As the results of this study underscore, rheumatoid arthritis can be a very serious and harmful medical condition. This condition can affect a person's life in many ways and can lead to a person facing significant medical costs.

These costs can be particularly impactful if the condition has also affected a person's ability to work. Thankfully, there are options available to people in such situations to seek relief. Individuals who have had their ability to work affected by rheumatoid arthritis may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Thus, if a person has lost the ability to get gainful employment due to rheumatoid arthritis, he or she may wish to consider speaking with an experienced Social Security Disability benefits attorney.

Source: Science Daily, "Rheumatoid Arthritis Heightens Risk of Dangerous Leg and Lung Blood Clots," Aug. 7, 2013

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