Lupus can cause inflammation and autoimmune diseases that can impact many organs, including the heart. Lupus can cause abnormal heart rhythms (called arrhythmias) which could lead to cardiac complications.
Lupus is a disease that affects every person differently. Some parts of the body are more affected than others. We will discuss what to do if you have arrhythmia symptoms or lupus.
What is Lupus?
Systemic lupus, also known as systemic lupus. Lupus is a serious form of autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system attacks healthy tissue.
Lupus sufferers experience more inflammation in their bodies. Lupus sufferers may have constant symptoms or occasional flare-ups.
Although it is not clear why Lupus develops in certain people, having a sibling or parent with Lupus will increase your chances of getting it as well.
There is no cure for Lupus. However, there are many medications that can be used to reduce inflammation and improve the immune system. These medications can be used to reduce flare-ups and symptoms. It is important to live a healthy lifestyle, which includes avoiding triggers that can cause flare-ups.
Is there a link between arrhythmia and lupus?
Lupus can affect any of the major organs. The heart is no exception. According to a report from 2021, heart rhythm disturbances and other autoimmune rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoidarthritis, are some of the most serious cardiac complications of Lupus.
The lupus-arrhythmia link may be due to an increase in systemic inflammation caused by lupus. Inflammation is a key driver of many heart rhythm disorders, including atrial fibrillation, according to a 2020 study.
Other complications of heart disease lupus can include:
- Endocarditis is inflammation of the lining or valves of your heart
- Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle.
- Pericarditis is inflammation of the fluid-filled, thin sac surrounding the heart.
High blood pressure and vasculitis, which is an inflammation of the blood vessels, can be caused by Lupus.
The most common arrhythmias associated with Lupus are:
- Sinus tachycardia
- atrial fibrillation
- Long QT syndrome can cause arrhythmia.
- Arrhythmias can also be caused by medications that are used to treat Lupus.
What are the signs and symptoms of arrhythmia?
An abnormal heart beat is the main sign of arrhythmia. These arrhythmia symptoms can be more chaotic, faster or slower than normal. You may also experience other arrhythmia symptoms such as:
- Breathing difficulty
- chest pain
- It is important to sweat
These are all common lupus symptoms. You may also experience the following lupus symptoms:
- muscle pain
- hair loss
- Appetite loss
- swollen glands
- Joint stiffness and pain