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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's still a very variable and unpredictable condition. 

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 you can be given early treatment if necessary.

Even though lupus may increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke compared to someone who doesn't have lupus, lupus mainly affects younger women who would normally have a low risk of a heart attack or stroke. So the overall risk of these complications may still be fairly low. Even so, it's still a good idea to discuss with your rheumatology team how you can further reduce the risk.

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Lupus: a special report

George Plumptre

Two years ago former Times gardening correspondent George Plumptre donated a kidney to his brother Francis, when lupus caused his kidneys to fail. Now chief executive of the National Gardens Scheme, which made Arthritis Research UK its guest charity in 2010–11, he tells how his donation transformed his brother’s life.

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