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What is the outlook for lupus?

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Modern treatments have improved the outlook for people with lupus. However, it remains a variable and unpredictable condition and may even be life-threatening for people whose vital organs are affected.

It's hard to predict exactly how lupus will affect you. Most people with lupus don't have the more serious complications, but your doctor and rheumatology nurse specialist will be on the look-out for these so that early treatment can be given if necessary.

Careful monitoring of the condition is needed so that potentially serious complications can be recognised and treated promptly. For example, some people with lupus will have a greater than usual risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Your doctor will take this into account, along with any other risk factors, such as smoking and raised cholesterol or blood pressure. They'll suggest treatments and lifestyle changes.

In young women, the risk of a heart attack or stroke would normally be very low, so although it's increased by having lupus, the overall risk is still low. Even so, it's a good idea to think about and discuss this with your doctor.

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Providing care and support in tough times

Monique Francois, who has lupus, runs a support group to help others with the condition

Monique Francois' life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with lupus. Now she runs a support group to help others living with the condition.

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