Key clinical point: Patients with lupus who have sustained high blood pressure may be at significantly increased risk of cardiovascular events, compared with those patients whose blood pressure is in the range now considered to be normal.
Major finding: Risk of atherosclerotic vascular events was increased by 73% for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who sustained a mean blood pressure of 130/80 to 139/89 mm Hg over 2 years.
Study details: Retrospective, observational study of 1,532 patients treated at a lupus clinic in Toronto.
Disclosures: The authors reported no competing interests. They said the University of Toronto Lupus Clinic is funded by the University Health Network, Lou & Marissa Rocca, Mark & Diana Bozzo, and the Lupus Foundation of Ontario.
Tselios K et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2020 Mar 10. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2019-216764.