Lupus-Related Cardiovascular Research

Research on lupus and heart disease is advancing in part due to the Foundation’s early support of this area of research. We now know that inflammation is a major factor in heart disease in the general population. The inflammatory proteins that are responsible for the developing lupus may also be playing a role in the premature heart disease seen in young women with lupus, who have a fifty-fold increase risk of heart attacks, compare to women in the general population. Moreover, the good cholesterol that is generally thought to be beneficial in the general population is abnormal in many people with lupus. Thanks to this new information, we are now better able to manage lupus and improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease. Learn more about researchers who have received grants for lupus-related cardiovascular research.