Been diagnosed with moderate to severe RA for about 15 months. Fortunate to find a combination of treatments that works. Last week, I was in the ER with chest pain and BP of 180/120. After overnight and many tests, I left empowered with the diagnosis of dilated Cardiomyopathy. This is basically a weakened left ventricle not pumping quite enough oxygenated blood through the body to get the job done. Hence, high BP as the body adjusts along with elevated red blood cells to carry more oxygen. The body is truly amazing! Well, as I prepare for the upcoming heart catheterization this Friday, I am witness to how well the treatment has worked. I’m off the DMARD and Biologic ahead of the procedure, and The gains of medication and physical therapy are (temporarily, I hope) slipping quickly away. Has anyone else with RA dealt with this diagnosis? I’m checking with the American Heart Association as well. Any and all information is appreciated.