Talk – 'Listen to Your Heart – A Cardiologist's Inside Look at Cardiovascular Health, Inflammation and Arthritis'
According to the CDC about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year, accounting for one in every four deaths. While the dangers of heart disease are well known it is less commonly known that there is an relationship between arthritis and heart disease. According to the Arthritis Foundation more than 50 percent of premature deaths in people with rheumatoid arthritis result from cardiovascular disease. Another study cited by the Arthritis Foundation, "found that men who had osteoarthritis in any finger joint were 40 percent more likely to die of heart disease than were men without arthritis in any fingers." The study also found that, "women with OA in a finger joint were 23 percent more likely to die of heart disease." It is because of this relationship that it is especially important for those suffering from arthritis to know how to take care of their cardiovascular health. Join us as Dr. Charles Katzenberg, clinical professor of medicine and UA Sarver Heart Center cardiologist, explores cardiovascular risk and its relationship with inflammation. Topics discussed will include the key role of the inflammatory process in the rheumatoid disease and the subsequent increases in the risk of diabetes, hypertension and underlying cardiac disease, diet and exercise habits that can help reduce cardiovascular risk and the science behind the relationship between arthritis and cardiovascular risk.