Navigation Links
Autoimmune Disorder Linked to Stroke, Heart Attack in Women
Date:9/28/2009

Smoking, birth control pills raise risk higher, research finds

MONDAY, Sept. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Women under 50 with a certain form of the autoimmune condition called antiphospholipid syndrome are at greatly increased risk for heart attack and stroke, and that risk is even higher when these women smoke or take birth control pills, new research shows.

Antiphospholipid syndrome occurs when autoantibodies attach to cell membranes and interfere with the normal clotting mechanism of the blood.

In the study, researchers in the Netherlands analyzed data on more than 1,000 young women and found that those with a particular type of antiphospholipid antibody, called lupus anticoagulant, are 43 times more likely to suffer a stroke and five times more likely to have a heart attack than the general population of young women.

Women with lupus anticoagulant who smoke or take birth control pills have a much higher risk of stroke (87-fold and more than 200-fold, respectively) and heart attack (34-fold and 22-fold, respectively), the researchers found. Both smoking and birth control pills enhance the action of lupus anticoagulant, they explained.

The study authors estimated that lupus anticoagulant is present in about seven in 1,000 women, but previous studies have suggested a higher prevalence.

The study appears in the Sept. 27 online edition and in the November print issue of The Lancet Neurology.

The findings show that young women with lupus anticoagulant need to be warned about the dangers of smoking and the use of oral contraceptives, Dr. Kathryn Kirchoff-Torres and Dr. Steven R. Levine, of the Stroke Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, wrote in an accompanying editorial.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about antiphospholipid syndrome.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: The Lancet Neurology, news release, Sept. 27, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Neuropathy Association Research Grants Advance the Understanding of Diabetic Neuropathy and Autoimmune Neuropathies
2. Reportlinker Adds Autoimmune Disease Therapeutics Report
3. Promising new target emerges for autoimmune diseases
4. Sunlight May Cause Rash in Autoimmune Disease
5. Sun exposure may trigger certain autoimmune diseases in women
6. Autism May Be Linked to Moms Autoimmune Disease
7. Global Autoimmune Disease Therapeutics Market to Reach $50 Billion by 2015, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts
8. Herb May Offer Hope for Autoimmune Diseases
9. Researcher IDs Narcolepsy as Autoimmune Disease
10. Narcolepsy is an autoimmune disorder, Stanford researcher says
11. Varicella zoster infection causes severe autoimmune hepatitis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Autoimmune Disorder Linked to Stroke, Heart Attack in Women 
(Date:5/4/2016)... , ... May 04, 2016 , ... May kicked off ... people across the United States. Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Turner is encouraging her patients, as ... advice and focus on skin safety and health now and in the future. , ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... , ... Recognizing that lifestyle medicine is essential to health and healthcare, ... Katz, MD, MPH, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, as their first ... gratifying,” said Katz. “There is so much opportunity to add years to lives, and ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Bayco Products has announced the introduction of ... in models NSP-9842XL and NSR-9844XL . , First previewed at SHOT Show ... included CR-123 batteries to produce up to 650 lumens in a variety of ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 – (PRWEB) May 04, 2016 ... products, today revealed the non-toxic benefits of its Tutti Frutti line ... teething pain is just part of the story. These food-grade, silicone ... PVC-, and phthalate-free. , “Many baby toys contain BPA, harmful ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Fertility Centers of New England announced today the opening of ... Center provides convenient access to care for patients seeking fertility treatment in Maine. “We ... Comprehensive Care in Portland,” said Fertility Centers of New England President and CEO, Joseph ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... May 4, 2016 Valeritas Holdings, ... an alternative public offering (APO). This was accomplished via ... Valeritas, Inc. and a private placement of approximately 5 ... per share. Under the terms of the ... Valeritas Holdings, Inc. will trade on the OTC Markets ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... 2016 Research and ... Acute lymphocytic Leukemia Market and Competitive Landscape ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ... Market and Competitive Landscape Highlights 2016, provides ... products, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia epidemiology, Acute Lymphocytic ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 2016  As a teenager, an active and athletic ... damaged his heart. He continued enjoying sports and recreation ... Shepherd,s heart was giving out and he was a ... 2013, the Mesa, Arizona resident ... a heart transplant, the SynCardia TAH-t is the only ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: