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Table 2 Distributions of cardiovascular events in RA patients according to disease duration (<6 months: incident RA, ≥6 months: prevalent RA and IgM rheumatoid factor and/or anti-CCP positivity

From: Cardiovascular case fatality in rheumatoid arthritis is decreasing; first prospective analysis of a current low disease activity rheumatoid arthritis cohort and review of the literature

Event type (n,%) RA (n = 480) Incident RA (n = 60) Prevalent RA (n = 240) Seronegative RA (n = 166) Seropositive RA (n = 286)
Myocardial infarction 2 (6.9) 1 (33.3) 1 (3.8) 1 (10.0) 1 (5.9)
Acute coronary syndrome 10 (34.5) 2 (66.6) 9 (34.6) 4 (40.0) 7 (41.2)
Acute heart failure 4 (13.8) 0 (0.0) 4 (15.4) 1 (10.0) 2 (11.8)
Coronary intervention 5 (17.2) 0 (0.0) 5 (17.2) 2 (20.0) 2 (11.8)
Cerebrovascular accident 5 (17.2) 0 (0.0) 5 (17.2) 1 (10.0) 4 (23.5)
Cardiac death 2 (6.9) 0 (0.0) 2 (7.7) 1 (10.0) 1 (5.9)
All 29 (100) 3 (100) 26 (100) 10 (100) 17 (100)
All, events/1000 py 21 18 21 20 21
  1. (RA: rheumatoid arthritis; py: patient years).