What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term chronic autoimmune disease mistakenly attacks the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis attacks the lining of the joints, specially around the hands and wrists. As the disease progresses, symptoms often spread to the wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, hips and shoulders. About 1.5 million people in the United States have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?
The causes for Rheumatoid Arthritis is not clear, although it’s known that genes, hormones and environmental factors are involved. Obesity and smoking can also be triggers for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis can present themselves in the joints, skin, lungs, kidneys, heart, eyes, liver, blood and even bones:
- Joints: Inflammation and pain
- Skin: A rheumatoid nodule is formed
- Lungs: Fibrosis of the lungs
- Kidneys: Renal Amyloidosis (accumulation of proteins in the form of abnormal, insoluble fibers)
- Heart: Atherosclerosis or myocardial infarction
- Blood: Anemia
- Bones: Osteoporosis around the affected areas
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