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Table 1 Characteristics in 653 patients with rheumatoid arthritis

From: Higher levels of anti-phosphorylcholine autoantibodies in early rheumatoid arthritis indicate lower risk of incident cardiovascular events

Characteristics at baseline
 Age, years 54.8 (14.7)
 Women, % 68
 BMI, kg/m2 25.5 (5.1)
 Smoking current, % 29
 Hypertension, % 15
 Diabetes mellitus, % 4
 Hyperlipidemia, % 1
 Symptom duration, months 6.3 (3.2)
 Seropositive, % 68
 DAS28 5.16 (1.27)
 HAQ 0.99 (0.63)
 IgM Anti-PC, U/ml 60.9 (36.4–94.9)
At 1 year
 DAS28 remission, % 36.3
 Use of MTX the first year, % 50
 Use of glucocorticosteroids the first year, % 51
At 2 years
 DAS28 remission, % 39.5
 Use of MTX first 2 years, % 58
 Use of glucocorticosteroids first 2 years, % 53
 Use of biological first 2 years, % 2.4
 IgM Anti-PC, U/ml 56.0 (32.4–84.2)
 IgM Anti-PC AUC per 2 years, U/ml 117.3 (68.8–201.4)
  1. Values are reported as mean (SD), median (IQR), or percentage
  2. BMI, body mass index; Seropositive, RF and/or ACPA positive; DAS28, Disease Activity Score 28-joint count; DAS28 remission, if DAS28 < 2.6; HAQ, Health Assessment Questionnaire; Anti-PC, phosphorylcholine autoantibodies; MTX, methotrexate