Can atherosclerosis be stymied in patients with lupus?

A Swedish cohort study suggests progression is similar to the general population

Subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with mild SLE appears to progress similarly to that in the general population, underlining the importance of managing cardiovascular risk factors, researchers say.

Carotid artery

The reassuring findings from a small, longitudinal study suggest it’s possible to monitor and implement preventive strategies to temper the excess risk that leads to cardiovascular events being the main cause of death among patients with lupus, they say.

It has previously been unclear whether vascular ageing in SLE follows a similar path