Study Confirms People with Lupus at Greater Risk for Pulmonary Hypertension

People with lupus are at greater risk for pulmonary hypertension according to findings from a new study conducted among 121 at Hacettepe University Hospital in Turkey. Pulmonary hypertension is a condition which raises blood pressure within the pulmonary arteries – the arteries that bring blood to the lungs. This condition can make the heart less efficient at pumping blood through the body. These results were published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology. Study investigators point out, “Diagnosing early and defining the cause of pulmonary hypertension accurately can provide better clinical outcome in SLE.”