Can arthritis cause heart problems?
Have you ever experienced pain, stiffness or swelling around the joints? is termed as arthritis. The ailment tends to get worse with age. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common types.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis affects people all over the world and occurs when the cartilage around the bones of the joints start to fall apart over a certain period of time. It affects the joints in hips, spine, hands or knees in women usually over 55 years of age.
Let’s understand the symptoms of osteoarthritis:
- Frequent joint pain
- Increase in tenderness of joints
- Problem with flexibility
- Stiff joints
- Swollen joints
- Bone spurs
What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a form of joint disorder and the most common type of autoimmune arthritis. In such a condition, the immune system attacks joints and the tissues around it. Futhermore, it can cause various other problems such as damaged skin, lungs, blood vessels, heart and eyes.
As compared to osteoarthritis, which builds up slowly, rheumatoid arthritis causes the joints to collapse and form joint deformities.
Let’s understand the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis:
- Tenderness and swelling in joints
- Loss of appetite
- Stiff and uneasy feeling in joints
Rheumatoid arthritis is not easy to diagnose as it affects body parts such as eyes, kidneys, lungs, skin and even heart! It can lead to heart disorders without causing problem in the joints.
Can Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) really lead to heart problems?
The answer is yes! Rheumatoid Arthritis increases the chances of getting heart problems such as heart stroke, heart attack and in some cases, build up of cholesterol or fat around blood vessels. It can easily cause inflammation leading to heart disorders.
A person suffering from RA goes through weight loss, joint pain, fatigue and swelling. The inflammation attacks the synovium (a thin layer of tissue lining the joints) which can further move to the heart. Furthermore, this inflammation harms the inner lining of the blood vessels which further causes the arteries that carry blood to the heart, increasing the chances of a heart attack.
Can it be treated?
Luckily, there are various treatment options present for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis like DMARDs (Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) or NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) or pain relievers that can cause adverse side-effects such as heart disorders, harm to kidney or liver and lung infections. There are surgery options also available but they come with their own side effects.
Homeopathy offers a long term and effective treatment for people suffering from arthritis. The homeopathy medicines are focused on completely healing the inflammation of the joints. No steroids are used in Homeopathy which is why it can treat any form of arthritis without the side effects.
We at Dr Batra’s, feel proud to have treated patients globally suffering from such bone and other health issues through an effective homeopathy treatment. These help in treating the problem from the root without causing any side-effects. For more information, you can book an appointment with us: https://www.drbatras.ae/book-an-appointment and start your Homeopathy healing today.