Can you use TNF inhibitors if you have heart
failure? TNF-Inhibitors May Cut Risk of Congestive
Heart Failure in RA Kate Johnson writing for Medpage Today reported
the risk of congestive heart failure (CHF) is reduced in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients
taking anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) drugs compared with those receiving nonbiologic
disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (nbDMARDs), according to new research.
The findings may encourage rheumatologists who may have hesitated to prescribe anti-TNF
therapy, said lead author Alper van Sijl of the ANIOS Interne Geneeskunde at Diakonessenhuis
in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Comment: Comforting since we have been reluctant
to use these drugs in patients with heart failure.