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Ann Rheum Dis. 1986 November; 45(11): 963–965.
PMCID: PMC1002030

Coronary arteritis complicating rheumatoid arthritis.


The case is described of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who developed heart failure and vasculitis and died of a myocardial infarction. Autopsy showed vasculitis of several major epicardial coronary arteries. Coronary arteritis in a patient with RA is seldom diagnosed during their lifetime but should be suspected when such a patient develops ischaemic heart disease.

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