Rheumatoid Arthritis usually affects your joints, causing pain, swelling and stiffness, but it can also affect your organs including your lungs, heart and eyes.
It can affect people of all ages, but the most common age for people to develop the condition is between 40 and 60. It’s also two to three times as common in women than men.
Dr Cullimore says “Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning your immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of your joints (the synovial lining). This damage to the lining of your joints causes inflammation, leading to symptoms of pain, swelling and stiffness. People with rheumatoid arthritis tend to have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke; with the availability of sophisticated therapies and drugs, it is important to diagnose and treat the disease early to avoid long-term damage.”
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