Red #blood cell dysfunction: a new player in #cardiovascular disease

The primary role of red blood cells (RBCs) is to transport oxygen to the tissues and carbon dioxide to the lungs. However, emerging evidence suggests an important role of the RBC beyond being just a passive carrier of the respiratory gases. The RBCs are of importance for redox balance and are actively involved in the regulation of vascular tone, especially during hypoxic and ischaemic conditions … Continue reading Red #blood cell dysfunction: a new player in #cardiovascular disease

Association of Serum #Folate Levels With Cardiovascular Mortality Among Adults With Rheumatoid #Arthritis

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at high risk for cardiovascular (CV) mortality, attributed to chronic inflammation coupled with elevated circulatory homocysteine levels. Increasing the serum folate level reduces homocysteine, but the association of serum folate concentration with CV mortality in patients with RA has not been previously examined.. A total of 683 patients with RA (mean [SE] age, 55.9 [1.0] years; 225 [30.2%] men; … Continue reading Association of Serum #Folate Levels With Cardiovascular Mortality Among Adults With Rheumatoid #Arthritis