Cardiovascular Risk Assessment for Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis Arthritis: (CARE RA)

  • End date
    Jul 24, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Updated on 24 March 2022
cardiovascular disease
hmg-coa reductase inhibitor
cholesterol level
cholesterol measurement
hmg-coa reductase inhibitors
Accepts healthy volunteers


One of the greatest success stories in rheumatology - the achievement of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) remission - is tempered by the fact that individuals with RA are dramatically under evaluated and under treated to reduce the risk for heart attacks and strokes. This project will build the foundation for an intervention that will test the hypothesis that the patient-centered intervention tailored to patients with RA to improve hyperlipidemia screening and treatment, thereby decreasing the risk for heart attacks and strokes.

The aims of this proposal are:

Aim 1: To identify patient and physician barriers to lower the risk for heart attacks and strokes in patients with RA.

Aim 2: To develop an intervention designed to optimize lipid screening and management in RA patients. This will consist of patient education and a decision support program to facilitate screening for hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol level) or initiation of medications to lower cholesterol (primary outcome) and self-efficacy (level of confidence in performing a task) in taking medications to lower cholesterol secondary outcome).

Aim 3: To pilot test the efficacy and feasibility of intervention developed in Aim 2. The investigators will apply methods related to clinical trials to test the feasibility of the newly developed intervention.

Condition Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cardiovascular Diseases, Hyperlipidemias
Treatment Standard of Care, Cardiovascular Risk Assessment for Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04488497
SponsorWeill Medical College of Cornell University
Last Modified on24 March 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Have RA
Age between 40 and 75 years (inclusive)
Provide a date of their next appointment with their rheumatologist
Willing to work with a peer coach
No recollection of having a cholesterol test within the past 2 years OR talking with a physician about cholesterol test results
Speaks English
Have a phone
Has access to the internet
Resides or lives in the US

Exclusion Criteria

Do not have rheumatoid arthritis
Younger than age 40 or older than age 75
Taking a statin
History of known cardiovascular disease
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