Published:  2004-02

Elevated sympathetic nervous system activity in patients with recently diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis with active disease

Authors:  Dekkers Jc, Geenen R, Godaert Gl, Bijlsma Jw, van Doornen Lj


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Our study showed that cardiac sympathetic nervous system activity is elevated in RA, whereas cardiac parasympathetic activity remains at a normal level. Our results suggest that inflammatory stress rather than the common symptoms of RA challenge the SNS.