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Table 2 Co-morbidity at baseline and 5 years in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis

From: Co-morbidity in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis - inflammation matters

  Baseline (n =950) New co-morbidity during 5 years of disease (n = 726)
  % %
Co-morbidity overalla 53.2 41.0
Hypertension 27.3 15.1
Asthma/COPD 13.9 (11.2/4.1) 2.4 (0.6/1.8)
Any endocrine disease 19.2 10.5
 Diabetes mellitus 8.0 3.3
 Hypothyroidism 6.3 1.9
 Thyroid diseaseb 10.4 2.4
 Osteoporosis 1.4 3.7
 Hyperparathyroidism 0.6 0.6
Malignancy 5.0 7.6
Myocardial infarction 4.5 4.3
Stroke/TIA 3.9 5.1
  1. Values are percent for all. aCo-morbidity defined according to Charlson [40]. bDefined as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroid disease and goiter. COPD chronic obstructive lung disease, TIA transient ischemic attack