Lupus: Unmasking the mystery behind the disease with 1,000 faces
Prevention of heart attack and stroke in Lupus patients
November 16, 2015
Often referred to as the disease with 1,000 faces, unmasking Lupus (or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), is a difficult task as it is not a disease that is easy to diagnose. It can create a number of seemingly unrelated symptoms as the body’s immune system misfires and begins attacking healthy tissue, creating painful joint inflammation, headaches, rashes and fever.
Lupus, which is the Latin word for wolf, is as cunning as it is complex. Until recently, it was commonly treated with a synthetic corticosteroid drug that is particularly effective as an immunosuppressant. However, we are now learning that there are serious side-effects associated with its long-term use, including an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Dr. John Esdaile is at the forefront of research into new treatment options to reduce the dangerous side effects associated with the long-term use of certain Lupus medications.
Dr. John Esdaile, Scientific Director of the Arthritis Research Canada has found a close association between certain Lupus medications and an increase in stroke and heart attacks. Please view their video:
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