Cohort Description

Cohort included that was included in ATACC-RA

We included 202 patients from our rheumatology clinic at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a minimum follow-up period of 1 year and up to 11 years. Some of pertinent characteristics (expressed as mean (SD) or percentages) are shown below:

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Demographics
Age, yrs                                       54.1 (12.2)
Female                                        77.7
Race
White                                           79.1
Asian                                           11.9
Black                                             5.5
Mixed                                            3.5

RA characteristics
Disease duration, yrs                  11.1 (9.7)
CRP, mg/l                                   12.7 (20.7)
ESR, mm/hr                                16.7 (18.9)
Deformed joints                          54
HAQ-DI                                         0.618 (0.682)
RF positive                                  67.4
Anti-CCP positive                        63.4

Cardiovascular risk factors
Hypertension                               36.1
Diabetes                                        7.4
Smoking                                      11.9
Total/HDL cholesterol                   3.3 (1.1)

Cardiovascular events
Any                                                8.9
AMI                                                3.5
CABG                                            3.0
PTCA                                             1.0
Coronary artery death                   1.0
Ischemic CVA                                2.5
Ischemic TIA                                  0.5
PAD                                               1.5
Heart failure                                   1.0
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