Rheumatoid arthritis raises the risk of the blood clots in the legs and lungs area of the body. These blood clots are risky according to a new researcher made in Taiwan. Those with this type of inflammatory type of arthritis are more prone to develop vein thrombosis or better known as the blood clot in the legs. They are also 2x prone to developing pulmonary thromboembolism or a clot that goes through the lungs when compared to those without the diagnosis, according to the newest study. The study has just discovered the link between rheumatoid arthritis and blood clots, but they are not directly linked with the cause and the effect relationship, which is the newest form of checking the link.

The study about rheumatoid arthritis

This study is very much firm with what the study and the publishers have discovered. In the study, there were reported risks of blood clots related to rheumatoid arthritis in patients. There were about 30,000 patients who were able to develop rheumatoid arthritis in 1998 to year 2008. They have monitored them all the way to year 2010 to see whether the rheumatoid arthritis will affect the risk of blood clot. The researchers were able to compare the data involving 117,000 people without rheumatoid arthritis within the same age group and gender.  Even after they tool the health conditions like hypertension, previous operation & cancer, people with rheumatoid arthritis will still be able to develop the risk of blood clots than those who do not have it.


People below 50 years of age are prone to it according to the researchers. Around 1.3M people in the US alone or just about .4% of the whole populace has rheumatoid arthritis and this data was released by the Arthritis foundation. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, it is the immune system that attacks the tissues of the body, especially the thin membrane linking of the joints. This will end up in a severe pain and swelling. Its cause is still undetermined, but the experts do believe that it has something to do with the genes and with the environment as well.  Aside from becoming aware of the clots and its link with other ailments, the researchers do suggest that people with rheumatoid arthritis must be checked regularly and they need to be physically active too.

Chronic inflammation linked with treatments

Though they cannot really explain the result of their study, the chronic inflammation has something to do with it though. The heightened risk may be linked with inflammation or with the treatments available for rheumatoid arthritis.  Those with this type of ailment and needs to go through a surgery, cancer treatment and needs to be confined in a hospital must be replaced with a clot prevention treatment. Those with this disease must live a healthy lifestyle to lessen the possibility of having clots. Anyone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or has had a blood clot must go through the new treatment for it. This will help in knowing the risks that may be lessened through medicines, lifestyle, weight loss and physical activity as well.