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Question
Posted by: Jan | 2019/01/20

Q.

Plasmaquine

Is Plasmaquine dangerous for your heart? I have used Plasmaquine for about 8 years for Rheumatoid arthritis and had a heart attack a year ago. The Rheumatoid specialist discontinued the script for Plasmaquine. I had no pain while I used it. My cardiologist did not agree with this. He said that Plasmaquine effects your eyes and not your heart. Please help.

Expert's Reply

A.

Arthritis expert
- 2019/01/21

I agree with your cardiologist. If pasmaquine was helping, you should continue.

The heart attack was more likely due to other risk factors but I have no information from you regarding that.
Current research suggests that the inflammation due to RA may predispose to heart attack, similar to diabetes and hypertension. Co-existence of these diseases in a patient with RA could exacerbate the coronary artery disease. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have also been implicated. Plasmaquine may lessen this risk of heart attacks.

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