Got arthritis in the hands. beware.Coming up next Hand osteoarthritis linked to increased risk of heart disease Bianca Nogrady writing in Rheumatology News reported on a study presented at the European Congress of Rheumatology. Researchers from the Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo showed that patients with symptomatic osteoarthritis of the hands had a significant increase in the number of coronary artery heart disease. The increased risk was double that for patients with no hand osteoarthritis. A possible link between inflammation of the joints and coronary plaque was raised. Comment It appears that most forms of arthritis.