I didn’t know what Vasculitis was until my Mom was diagnosed with the disease. She was surviving quite well but with the Prednisone she was taking, her immune system was compromised and she ended up losing her battle.
A good friend of mine, Beth Howe visits the show today. She is Patient Advocate for the National Vasculitis Foundation. There are many warning signs that you need to know about. Be proactive. It can save your life.
The Vasculitis Foundation is committed to educating patients, family members and the general public about vasculitis. Early diagnosis is important, and although some forms of vasculitis improve on their own, most require treatment and follow-up medical care.
Vasculitis is a family of nearly 20 rare diseases characterized by inflammation of the blood vessels, which can restrict blood flow and damage vital organs and tissues. Vasculitis is classified as an autoimmune disorder, which occurs when the body’s natural defense system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues. Triggers may include infection, medication, genetic or environmental factors, allergic reactions, or another disease. However, the exact cause is often unknown.
The Vasculitis Foundation works with vasculitis experts and vasculitis centers around the world to ensure patients have access to the most up-to-date information and medical care.