What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis affects joints causing pain, swelling and stiffness. Although more common in women over 40 years of age, it can affect anyone at any age. Did you know:
- Over 580,000 in people England and Wales are estimated to suffer from the condition.
- It’s usually first noticed in peripheral joints such as the fingers, wrists and ankles, but can damage other body parts.
- Heart disease and stroke risk can be elevated in those with rheumatoid arthritis due to the increased risk of blood clots.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is usually first noticed in peripheral joints such as the fingers, wrists and ankles, but can affect any joint.
With the availability of sophisticated therapies and drugs, it is important to diagnose and treat the disease early to avoid long-term damage.
Your check for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Your test for “CPP and RF” in your blood can detect rheumatoid arthritis up to five years before symptoms appear making early treatment more effective by avoiding the worst effects. If either your CCP or RF levels are raised you will need to make and appointment with your GP to discuss your findings in order to make a truly positive diagnosis.
How to prepare
You do not need to fast prior to your test but you are advised to wear loose fitting clothing as we will need to take a blood sample.
How much does it cost?
Your test for Rheumatoid Arthritis costs just £29 – call us on 0800 652 2173 to book your test today.