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What percentage of Americans are affected by antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)?

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APS affects about 1% to 5% of people in the United States. It starts with misbehaving antibodies (proteins) in your blood. Normal antibodies fight infections, but with this condition, things called “autoantibodies” attack certain fats that help with blood clotting. And so your blood starts to clot abnormally.

From: What Is Antiphospholipid Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

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National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What is Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome?”

American College of Rheumatology: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

APS Foundation of America: “Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What is Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome?”

American College of Rheumatology: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

APS Foundation of America: “Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2018

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