Many folks have never even heard of Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (or APS), but June just happens to be Antiphospholipid Awareness Month.
APS is a type of autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system begins to attack normal proteins within the blood. According to research from the American College of Rheumatology, anti-phospholipid autoantibodies (aPL proteins) in the blood mistakenly attack the body and lead to frequent blood clot development within the walls of veins or arteries, particularly deep vein thrombosis (or DVT) in the legs, lungs or kidneys, and even the brain. Antiphospholipid syndrome has also been linked to DVT, stillbirth and miscarriage in pregnant women, lupus, as well as strokes in individuals under age 50. Let’s explore the many common and even less frequent symptoms of antiphospholipid syndrome…
First let’s look at the shocking prevalence of APS. Even though many have never even heard of Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, this autoimmune condition is often misdiagnosed, which is why it’s difficult to determine the total number of APS cases.
However, the APS Foundation of America estimates that roughly 25-percent of all women who’ve experienced 2 or more spontaneous miscarriages, between 75- and 90-percent of young stroke victims, up to 15-percent of lupus patients, and 1 in 5 deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism cases are the result of APS.