What is Lupus? Lupus disease causes chronic inflammation as an autoimmune response to the body’s own cells. This damages healthy cells and lupus sufferers are unable to suppress the defective immune cells attack. Learn more about lupus symptoms, diagnosis and treatment here.


Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic, inflammatory auto-immune disorder.

Lupus linked to heart disease

People with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have a more than twofold increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.

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Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London. Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach. Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.

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