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CMAJ doi: 10.1503/cmaj.140266

Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) - which causes pain, stiffness and inflammation in muscles in the shoulders, neck and hips - affects 2.4% of women and 1.7% of men. About one-in-five PMR patients develop giant cell arteritis (also called temporal arteritis), which can cause inflammation in arteries supplying the head or neck. Now research has suggested that PMR increases cardiovascular risk, especially among younger patients.

Researchers from Keele University followed 3249 patients with PMR and 12,735 matched controls for a median of 7.8 years. Vascular events wer

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