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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a "systemic" or whole-body condition. That means if inflammation from RA isn't controlled, it can spread to other parts of your body, including your blood vessels (coronary artery disease), bones (osteoporosis), and your eyes (uveitis, inflammation of the middle layer of your eye). It's important to keep your body's inflammation in check, to calm your RA symptoms and keep you healthy.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.