Published: 6 March 2015
Author(s): Salvatore Corrao, Christiano Argano, Giovanni Pistone, Silvia Messina, Luigi Calvo, Francesco Perticone
Section: Original Article

Cardiovascular disease represents one of the most important extra-articular causes of morbidity and mortality in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Evidences showed that several cardiac structures can be affected during the course of the disease as well as abnormalities of left ventricular diastolic filling. Contrasting data are available about left ventricular mass (LVM) involvement in patients asymptomatic for cardiovascular disease.The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to summarize the effects of RA on LVM in rheumatoid arthritis patients without cardiovascular disease.


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