Early diagnosis saves lives
There are a number of ways in which the heart can be affected in APS, but the three main complications are:
Heart attacks are another very serious complication of APS and it is estimated that 1 in 6 people under the age of 50 who have a heart attack test positive for anticardiolipin antibodies.
It is estimated that 30% of APS patients will experience some form of valve disease. The heart valves regulate blood transfer within the heart, and symptoms of disease can include shortness of breath, feeling faint during exertion and fatigue. In most cases the condition is mild but in more severe cases, it can lead to heart failure and patients may require surgery.
The heart muscle receives its own blood supply from the coronary arteries and, in APS patients, these arteries can become clogged which can block the blood supply to the heart. Symptoms can range from mild chest pains caused by angina, to serious heart attacks.
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