Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects more than 5 million people worldwide. You may have heard of it and you probably know someone who has lupus, but what is lupus? Can it be related to other diseases?
Since this is a disease that attacks the patient’s body and immune systems, it debilitates the person, making them more vulnerable which sometimes results in the formation and development of other health conditions, such as pulmonary hypertension (a non-curable, deadly heart and lung condition that causes shortness of breath).
In 2012, the PHAssociation shared this video on their youtube channel, where you can meet some pulmonary hypertension and lupus patients as they share their stories of how they were diagnosed, how they live with both diseases, how their routine and lives have changed since they became aware they had to live with both chronic diseases for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Robert Schilz, MD, University of Hospitals of Cleveland, also shares some useful information about the most recurrent concerns of patients and how he advises them to help them ease symptoms of both diseases.
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