New studies Outline Cardiovascular Risk in Lupus Patients

Several studies presented at a recent international lupus conference provide different approaches to identify risk for cardiovascular episodes related to lupus. Dr. Michelle Petri of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, presented data supporting a novel risk-assessment formula to calculate the 10-year risk of a cardiovascular event (CVE). The tool combines the traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors of age, sex, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and body mass index (BMI), with three lupus-specific factors.

Dr. Murray Urowitz, of the Toronto Western Research Institute, presented findings from an international, multicenter study of 1,401 SLE patients. The goal of the study was to determine factors at diagnosis that predict premature atherosclerosis. An analysis showed that only age and male sex were significant risk factors.