Osteoarthritis in finger joint raises risk of CVD
Osteoarthritis in any finger joint significantly increases risk of death from cardiovascular disease in men, according to a major new study.
Researchers in Finland assessed the prevalence of osteoarthritis in more than 7,000 people older than 30 between 1977 and 1980. Of these, 3,500 were monitored after hand X-rays were taken.
The study, published in the latest edition of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, found four out of 10 people had evidence of the condition in any finger joint. Obesity doubled the risk of osteoarthritis.
Men with osteoarthritis in any finger joint were 42 per cent more likely to suffer a cardiovascular death than other men, irrespective of other risk factors. Some 897 people had died by the end of follow-up in 1994. Researchers said the shortened lifespan
could be due to the pain and the condition's impact on lifestyle.