Heart Disease, Smoking, and Hormones Tied To Lupus and RA [Part 1]

Heart Disease, Smoking, and Hormones Tied To Lupus and RA [Part 1]

In Part 1 of her interview on Arthritis Now, Dr. Karen Costenbder, from the Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, talks about her varied research projects and each of their effects on lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

First, she explains the correlation between lupus & RA and cardiovascular disease; a on-going facet of her research she has been working on for over a decade that was part of her initial research project for which ANRF funded her. She also speaks about her findings regarding smoking and female hormones and the role they play regarding these diseases. Her research suggests that people who smoke, and women who experience menarche earlier, are more likely to develop these diseases.

Stay tuned for more of Dr. Costenbader’s fascinating research in 2 weeks for the conclusion of her interview!

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Arthritis National Research Foundation

The Arthritis National Research Foundation's mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Writing articles about the patients affected and the science being done to find a cure shows why we need to come together to #CureArthritis!

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