JointHealth™ express   May 31, 2011

Lupus and Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes

Lupus Patients are 10 Times More Likely to Suffer From a Heart Attack.

Lupus is a disease that primarily affects young women of childbearing years, in the prime of their lives. This is an unpredictable disease that attacks the body's cells and tissue. Research shows that lupus also increases the risk of heart attacks by ten times and the risk of stroke by eight times. The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC) is drawing attention to this important and complex research through an entertaining and easy to understand video.

In, Lupus and Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes, Dr. John Esdaile, Scientific Director of ARC, explains why there is an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes in lupus patients by summarizing over two decades of research. He describes how the disease and the treatment each can play a role, and he gives his recommendations for reducing your risks if you have lupus.

This is the final video in a series of five created by ARC covering topics important to people living with arthritis and those of us who want to avoid it. These exciting new videos provide arthritis information you can trust to be accurate and relevant. Visit to view more.

ARC's scientists are respected leaders in their fields, affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI). This project was made possible with funding by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). ARC receives funding support from the Arthritis Society.

For more information contact:
Shauneen Kellner
Executive Director
Arthritis Research Centre of Canada