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Letters Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation and rheumatoid arthritis are cardiovascular risk factors

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 27 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2259
  1. Julia Hippisley-Cox, professor and GP1,
  2. Carol Coupland, associate professor of medical statistics 1,
  3. John Robson, senior lecturer in general practice2,
  4. Peter Brindle, research and development lead3
  1. 1University of Nottingham/ClinRisk Ltd, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2Division of Primary Care, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  3. 3NHS Bristol, Bristol, UK
  1. julia.hippisley-cox{at}

Lindhardsen and colleagues’ study found that increased risks of stroke and atrial fibrillation were associated with rheumatoid arthritis in the Danish population.1 The incidence rate ratio of stroke for people with rheumatoid arthritis was 1.33 (95% confidence interval 1.22 to 1.46) for women and 1.34 (1.19 to 1.51) for men. The findings are similar to the increased risk of cardiovascular disease …

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