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Table 2 Established cardiovascular risk factors in 40 patients with early rheumatoid arthritis and in 40 control individuals

From: Atherosclerotic disease is increased in recent-onset rheumatoid arthritis: a critical role for inflammation

Variable Rheumatoid arthritis patients Control individuals P value
Cholesterol (mmol/l)a 5.0 (1.0) 5.1 (1.0) 0.84
Triglyceride (mmol/l)a 1.4 (0.9) 1.4 (0.9) 0.92
low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (mmol/l)a 2.8 (0.7) 3.0 (0.9) 0.80
high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (mmol/l)a 1.5 (0.4) 1.5 (0.4) 0.87
Body mass index (kg/m2)a 28 (7.6) 28 (5.7) 0.96
Smoking, everb 26 (65) 24 (60) 0.64
History of hypertensionb 7 (18) 11 (28) 0.28
History of diabetes mellitusb 5 (12) 5 (12) 1
History of hypercholesterolemiab 3 (8) 6 (15) 0.29
History of myocardial infarctionb 1 (2) 0 -
History of anginab 2 (5) 0 -
History of stroke and/or transient ischaemic attackb 1 (2) 0 -
Family history of cardiovascular diseaseb 6 (15) 10 (25) 0.26
Systolic blood pressureb 122 (24) 124 (18) 0.55
Diastolic blood pressureb 74 (10) 77 (9.6) 0.19
10-year coronary riskb 10(8.7) 9.1(7.4) 0.56
  1. Data presented as amean (standard deviation) or bn (%).