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Antiphospholipid Syndrome: Symptoms And Treatment

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APS, also known as antiphospholipid syndrome, is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system of a person’s body accidentally attacks the proteins present in the blood.


A person is diagnosed with APS if he/she experiences one or more episodes of thrombosis or pregnancy loss. [1]


- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests or imaging are often required.
- Only women are affected
- Can be both acute and chronic
- Happens to fewer than 1 million people

It is an autoimmune disorder that is associated with the complications during pregnancy. This disorder is classified into two sub-categories -- namely primary and secondary depending on its association with other autoimmune disorders.


Ages affected - Between 20 - 30 - Often; between 30 - 40 - more often; 40 and above - less.


Symptoms


Symptoms of APS may include a severe pain in the chest area and the inability to breathe properly.


People may experience the following:
Pain areas – Chest pain
Respiratory - Blood clots along with shortness of breath
Skin issues – Discoloration of the skin


Treatment


Self Care: For chest pain or supported breathing, lying on the back and taking controlled breathes can be helpful.
Medications: For other areas of pain, anti-inflammatory drugs are the best option.
Specialists: Those who are diagnosed with APS should consult a physician immediately. At mfine, we are in for a big treat for our customers since we have a wide range of services to keep you healthy and active.

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