Activity Helps Prevent CV Disease in Lupus

Low levels of physical activity were associated with increased subclinical atherosclerosis in women with systemic lupus erythematosus, a cross-sectional study found.

Analysis of data from patients who underwent carotid ultrasound and answered detailed questionnaires about their exercise habits revealed a negative correlation between mean intima-media thickness and physical activity (r=−0.14, P=0.03), according to Elizabeth R. Volkmann, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues.