Osteoarthritis (OA)?The most common form of arthritis. Affects 80% of men and women >75 years of age. Degenerative disease that targets cartilage and impairs the function of weight-bearing joints. Can result from excessive or repetitive joint movements such as work-related activity, or from trauma, inflammation, and joint pressure over time caused by chronic obesity.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?The second most prevalent form of the disease. Occurs in 2% of adults, affecting more women than men. Peak incidence between the ages of 20 and 50. A destructive, debilitating systemic condition caused by the body?s own immune system attacking healthy joint tissue, causing inflammation and joint damage.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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