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Thread: Family Medical History and SLE

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    Default Family Medical History and SLE


    I have a family history of early heart disease between the ages of 46 and 56. Mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother (father's mother). My fathers side, and lifestyle. My Mom's side...body did not produce enough good HDL to remove the LDL.

    Also diabetes...Type 2..Grandma (father's Mom), father, sister and brother and high blood pressure.

    Do you think with this family medical history it will affect the progression of my SLE? Affecting a major organ...heart, kidneys, plaque build up?

    My mother died of cancer at 59.

    I tried to research it, but came up empty. Seems logical it would...

    I do not have high blood pressure. Actually, low to average. Usually, 105/60 I have a slow heartbeat at resting. 58-60bpm. Last blood work....Glucose at fasting was 79 and HDL 87 LDL 51. Do you think this will all change and my numbers will increase?

    I plan to ask my Rheumatologist on my next visit but that is in 25 days but I was curious if anyone had any info on it....

    Thank you.
    Keep well,

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    The exact cause of heart disease in Lupus is still unknown. However, many specialists believe that, If you have a family history of heart disease, this will increase your risk even further for heart related problems with Lupus. Families pass on more than genes. A recent study indicated that people with a family history of coronary artery disease have two times the risk of having a significant elevation in cholesterol. The types of food eaten, exercise habits, and exposure to smoking also runs in families. If you have heart disease in your family, you need to do everything you can to reduce your other risk factors - you should eat right, exercise, don't smoke, control your blood pressure and diabetes, and decrease stress levels.
    There are traditional cardiac risk factors. Some are controllable and some are non controllable, as follows:
    Not controllable or modifiable risk factors
    Controllable or modifiable risk factors
    High Blood Cholesterol
    High Blood Pressure
    Physical Inactivity
    Stress and Behavior

    Your chance of developing cardiac complications (with or without Lupus) would probably depend greatly on how you manage these risk factors. n and management of risk factors in lupus patients.

    I hope that I've answered your question. Let me know if you need anything further!

    Peace and Blessings

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    Default Saysusie

    Thank you for researching that for me, Saysusie.

    I want to say, what a beautiful daughter. Her picture on the dedication page. Reading her story, written by you left me feeling, I should not despair and give up so easily when others fought to the end.

    Thank you very much for sharing a personal part of you, your daughter and your knowledge of Lupus with us.

    Keep well,

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