There are many ways to lower your risk of heart disease, if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Keep Your RA under control. Follow your doctor’s advice and get your RA under control. Take your RA medicines, such as methotrexate. People who have low or no disease activity have a lower risk of heart disease. So, aim for remission!

Find out your heart disease risk. Knowledge is power. Knowing your risk can help you and your doctor make a personal plan to prevent heart disease. Depending on your level of risk and health, your doctor may have you take medicine to help lower your cholesterol or blood pressure. For example, medicines called statins can reduce “bad” cholesterol. This helps lower your risk of heart disease.

Follow Life’s Simple 7®, just like everyone else. The American Heart Association recommends:

  1. Stop smoking if you smoke
  2. Control cholesterol
  3. Manage blood pressure
  4. Reduce blood sugar
  5. Eat a healthier diet
  6. Be physically active
  7. Lose weight if you are overweight

There are many ways to lower your risk of heart disease. They don’t all involve taking pills. Talk to your doctor about the best steps for you to take.

To prevent RA from impacting your heart, managing your RA can be a great start!