RA Can Attack Internal Organs
RA is an inflammatory arthritis. It is the second most common form of arthritis in Alberta, behind osteoarthritis, striking approximately one in every 100 Albertans. It is also an autoimmune disease attacking the tissue in the lining of the joints and sometimes in internal organs such as the eyes, lungs and heart. RA causes pain, inflammation, swelling and fatigue, and can disfigure and destroy the joints.
On average, the life expectancy of someone with RA is 10 years shorter than that of the general population.
RA attacks women three times more often than men. Over the next 30 years, the number of Albertans with RA is projected to increase by 45%.
In 2010, the total cost of RA to Alberta’s economy was estimated to be close to $600 million.Share: