Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)

Are you aware of APS?

APS stands for Antiphospholipid Syndrome and is also known as Hughes Syndrome or Sticky Blood.

APS is a life-threatening autoimmune condition that can cause strokes, heart attacks, DVTs and blood clots.
In pregnancy, APS is the most important treatable cause of recurrent miscarriage, and it is also associated with stillbirth, pre-eclampsia and premature babies.

  • 1 IN 6 STROKES under the age of 50 are caused by APS
  • 1 IN 6 HEART ATTACKS under the age of 50 are caused by APS
  • 3 YEARS is the average time it takes for a diagnosis of APS
  • 34 YEARS – the average age a person is diagnosed with APS
  • 3 MISCARRIAGES before women are tested for APS
  • 5 TIMES the increased risk of stillbirth for a woman with APS
  • EARLY DIAGNOSIS can prevent devastating consequences
  • LUPUS is commonly associated with APS

This page has been created to help raise awareness of this condition – If you would like more information you can visit the APS Support UK website at


Read more – The Lancet-APS-Oct-2010