What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the lining tissue of joints, causing chronic joint inflammation. While it primarily affects joints, it can also cause inflammation of organs, such as the lungs, eyes, skin, and heart.
People with RA may experience an increase in symptoms, called “flares,” that can last for days or weeks. They may also have periods of remission where they have few or no symptoms. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but medications can stop the progression of the disease and ease symptoms.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Are You at Risk?
Article submitted to MSRN by Pat France, MSRN Member