Comparison of Physical Activity Levels in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Age and Gender Matched Healthy Controls

Abstract

Background: Forty percent of deaths among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are attributed to cardiovascular disease. Physical activity (PA), known to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and improve functional outcomes, is suboptimal in this population. This study aims to quantify PA participation and perceived function in patients with RA and to determine whether they are less active than age and gender-matched controls. Methods: 30 subjects with RA (mean age = 62 yrs) were recruited from Brigham and Women