Old Gout Drug Could Help Your Heart, Hurt Your Wallet

A decades-old medication used to treat gout has taken on a new life in preventing multiple episodes (greater than 2) of recurrent pericarditis. But with its new name comes a hefty price increase. Attendees at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session and Expo heard a report on the CORP-2 trials. The trials … Read More

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Massive Chest Pain May Not Be Heart Attack

Massive chest pain that feels like a heart attack might be something else:  acute pericarditis, a potentially life-threatening inflammation of the sac around the heart that causes the sac to become hardened and thickened — or possibly a more serious condition called constrictive pericarditis, in which the heart feels as if it’s being strangled. These … Read More

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Not Just a Joint Disease

Contributor: Qingping Yao, MD, PhD Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an ongoing inflammatory autoimmune disease that primarily affects the small joints. In patients with an autoimmune disorder, the immune system can’t tell the difference between healthy body tissue and antigens. The result is an immune response that destroys normal body tissues. RA causes joint pain, pain … Read More