Independent association of rheumatoid arthritis with increased left ventricular mass but not with reduced ejection fraction
Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular
The present results demonstrate that RA is associated with increased LV mass. Disease duration is independently related to increased LV mass, suggesting a pathophysiologic link between chronic inflammation and LV hypertrophy. In contrast, LV systolic function is preserved in RA patients, indicating that systolic dysfunction is not an intrinsic feature of RA.