Washington, DC—In late January 2017, experts congregated on Capitol Hill on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Arthritis Foundation to hold a congressional briefing titled Arthritis 101, according to a press statement by the ACR.
Baseline characteristics in both cohorts of patients were comparable in terms of sex, age, comorbidities, drugs administered, alcoholism (or alcohol-related disorders), tobacco use, and obesity. Both groups had more women than men, and the most common age group was 40 to 59 years. The most common comorbidity was hypertension, which was observed in >20% of patients; followed by hyperlipidemia in 17% of patients; anxiety in 11%; diabetes in 10.6%; strokein 6.9%; depression in 4.9%; and congestive heart failure in 1% of the patients.
The majority of patients affected by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and/or antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) are women of childbearing age. Personal relationships and family planning among these patients suffer because of gaps in the management of reproductive concerns (eg, pregnancy’s effect on maternal disease, effects of the disease on the fetus, and medication safety during pregnancy and breast-feeding) and other women’s health issues.