Take Homes in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Take Homes in Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Healio Interview
Karpouzas G, et al. Abstract #0486. Presented at: ACR Convergence 2020; November 5-9, 2020 (virtual meeting).

Disclosures: Sparks reports receiving research grants to his institution from Bristol-Meyers Squibb, NIH and Rheumatology Research Foundation; and consulting fees from Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Gilead, Inova Diagnostics, Janssen, Optum and Pfizer.
November 13, 2020
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VIDEO: RA and the ‘lipid paradox’ need awareness, understanding

Source:

Healio Interview
Karpouzas G, et al. Abstract #0486. Presented at: ACR Convergence 2020; November 5-9, 2020 (virtual meeting).

Disclosures: Sparks reports receiving research grants to his institution from Bristol-Meyers Squibb, NIH and Rheumatology Research Foundation; and consulting fees from Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Gilead, Inova Diagnostics, Janssen, Optum and Pfizer.
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In this video, Jeffrey A. Sparks, MD, MMSc, associate physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, spoke with Healio about a cross-sectional study presented at ACR 2020 that delved into the “lipid paradox.”

Among individuals in the general population, high levels of LDL confer a greater risk for cardiovascular disease compared with a low risk if the LDL level is low. However, patients with rheumatoid arthritis who also have low levels of LDL are at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. This is what is known as the lipid paradox, according to Sparks, who also serves as assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

He advised that other clinicians managing patients with RA be aware of, and understand, the lipid paradox to better monitor and manage patients.

“And, obviously, we need to understand how to reverse that because this is a real issue for our patients,” he said.

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