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Primary Cardiac Disease Still Occurs in Lupus

March 19, 2014

Pericarditis and other forms of primary cardiac disease can occur at any time during the course of systemic lupus erythematosus, and particularly in patients of African/Latin American ancestry, but antimalarial treatment can be protective, South American researchers reported.

Compared with whites, the odds ratio for primary cardiac disease among African/Latin American patients on a multivariate analysis was 1.80 (95% CI 1.13-2.86, P=0.0133), according to Bernardo A. Pons-Estel, MD, of Hospital Provincial de Rosario in Argentina, and colleagues.

However, patients taking hydroxychloroquine had substantially lower risk (OR 0.62, 95% CI 0.44-0.89, P=0.0093), the researchers reported online in Rheumatology.

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Source: MedPage Today


Primary Cardiac Disease Still Occurs in Lupus

March 19, 2014

Pericarditis and other forms of primary cardiac disease can occur at any time during the course of systemic lupus erythematosus, and particularly in patients of African/Latin American ancestry, but antimalarial treatment can be protective, South American researchers reported.

Compared with whites, the odds ratio for primary cardiac disease among African/Latin American patients on a multivariate analysis was 1.80 (95% CI 1.13-2.86, P=0.0133), according to Bernardo A. Pons-Estel, MD, of Hospital Provincial de Rosario in Argentina, and colleagues.

However, patients taking hydroxychloroquine had substantially lower risk (OR 0.62, 95% CI 0.44-0.89, P=0.0093), the researchers reported online in Rheumatology.

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Click here to read full article.

Source: MedPage Today



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