February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is a major complication of lupus and is now a leading cause of death among people with lupus. Today, I thought I'd share with you a research summary from a 2010 research eNewsletter about lupus and the heart.
Although it is known that people with lupus are at greater risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), very little is known about which people with lupus really are at risk and which are not. This study confirms certain “classic” risk factors for CHD like high cholesterol or blood pressure, smoking, and a family history of CHD, as well as some lupus-related characteristics (i.e., azathioprine treatment, high creatinine levels), which might increase CHD risk.