This podcast is part of the Lupus Foundation of America‘s “Ask the Experts” series and was broadcast today. It is also available is also available in archives maintained by C-span for the public domain about Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS).
Remember that in autoimmune diseases such as lupus, the body mounts an attack on itself, and in APS, the attack is mounted against phospholipids in our bloodstream. APS is the condition that results when these cells are damaged during the attack. This damage can increase the risk of blood clots in lupus patients and putting the lives of pregnant women with lupus at risk as well.
APS isn’t limited to people who have an autoimmune disease; the general population can get APS, too. Often people who have APS need to be on anticoagulation therapy, such as Coumadin ™ for life.