Activity Helps Prevent CV Disease in Lupus

LRI-funded researchers Daniel J. Wallace, MD, Bevra H. Hahn, MD, Maureen McMahon, MD, and colleagues report

Low levels of physical activity were associated with increased subclinical atherosclerosis in women with systemic lupus erythematosus, a cross-sectional study found.

Analysis of data from patients who underwent carotid ultrasound and answered detailed questionnaires about their exercise habits revealed a negative correlation between mean intima-media thickness and physical activity (r=−0.14, P=0.03), according to Elizabeth R. Volkmann, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues.