Founded in 2005, APS Foundation of America, Inc. (APSFA) is the only United States nonprofit health agency dedicated to bringing national awareness to Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS), the major cause of multiple miscarriages, thrombosis, young strokes and heart attacks. We are a volunteer run, community based 501(c)3 non-profit Public Charity organization and is dedicated to fostering and facilitating joint efforts in the areas of education, support, public awareness, research and patient services. The APSFA’s Medical Advisory Team includes nationally & internationally recognized experts on Antiphospholipid Syndrome.
APS is an autoimmune disorder in which the body recognizes certain normal components of blood and/or cell membranes as foreign substances and produces antibodies against them. There are two known forms. APS may occur in people with systemic lupus erythematosus, other autoimmune disease, or in otherwise healthy individuals.
APS is also referred to as APLS or APLA in the United States and formerly Hughes Syndrome or Sticky Blood in the UK.
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The COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus) pandemic has quickly infected over a million people worldwide. At this time, little is known about how patients with rheumatic diseases, many of whom use medications and drugs that suppress the immune system, are affected by the virus. Here is a study for adults with rheumatic diseases, and parents of children with rheumatic diseases. Click the button to learn more about eligibility and participate in the survey.
The first APS digital book, available for free on iTunes, is a collaborative project between Hospital for Special Surgery (NY) and Nancy-Lorraine University (France). We hope that this APS book also will increase the awareness of APS among the medical community and patients.
1 in 3
strokes in people under 50
responsible for up to
of all deep-vein blood clots (DVT)
1 in 5
estimated to affect
1 in 2000
What is Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)?
APS is associated with recurrent clotting events (thrombosis) including premature stroke, repeated miscarriages, phlebitis, venous thrombosis and pulmonary thromboembolism. It is also associated with low platelet or blood elements that prevent bleeding. Recently, however, even more disease states have been linked with APL including premature heart attack, migraine headaches, various cardiac valvular abnormalities, skin lesions, abnormal movement/chorea, diseases that mimic multiple sclerosis, vascular diseases of the eye that can lead to visual loss and blindness.
Find a Doctor
With the help of our Medical Advisory team, our forum members, and other APS patients, we have compiled a list of doctors who are familiar with APS and who currently treat APS patients. The doctors on this list may not be “experts” in APS, but other APS patients have recommended them. The APS Foundation of America, Inc. does not endorse any of these doctors—they were simply suggested to us by others who have had luck with them. Every APS case is unique, so you may not have the same positive experience. Please be sure to call their office to inquire directly to ensure that they accept your health insurance and are accepting new patients.
APS is the #1 cause for stroke in young people. There are many ways you can join the APS Foundation of America, Inc. in raising awareness of APS and in the fight for a cure.
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Founded in 2005, the APS Foundation of America, Inc. is dedicated to fostering and facilitating joint efforts in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient services for Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) in an effective and ethical manner.
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