January 16, 2014

Lupus and Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

A systematic review of 28 different studies by researchers from Harvard Medical School assessed two things:  the risk of heart disease and stroke among patients with lupus compared to those without the disease, and which factors can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke for those with lupus.

The findings:
  • those with lupus had at lease a two to threefold increased risk of heart disease and stroke compared to those without lupus
  • if those with lupus had added risk factors (smoking, increased age, high blood pressure and high cholesterol) there was even a higher risk
For those with lupus, the above facts underscore the importance of prevention:  regular exercise, not smoking, eating a healthy dies to control cholesterol, and controlling blood pressure.  Those with lupus must work with their physicians to monitor their health status and potential risk factors.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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