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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Rheumatoid Arthritis



I had an ECHO and my doctor said that something showed up on it. She said that it was nothing major but she is sending me to see a cardiologist. She also asked me alot of questions about my lungs. I am not sure what showed up on the test. Can you explain to me how RA can effecct my heart and lungs?


Sometimes RA can affect the lungs, with inflammation and scarring. The heart is also rarely affected, most usually around the lining. By all means, see the cardiologist.

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Irving  Kushner, MD Irving Kushner, MD
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University