Psoriasis linked to increased risk of heart problems

08 August 2013

People with psoriasis appear to have an increased risk of heart problems and several other medical conditions, a study has found.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine studied 9,035 people with psoriasis, a long-term skin condition that causes red, flaky patches of skin with silvery scales.

They discovered that both mild and severe forms of psoriasis were associated with an increased risk of other conditions, including lung, liver and heart problems.

Patients with severe psoriasis - where more than ten per cent of their body surface area is affected - seem to be particularly at risk, according to senior study author Dr Joel Gelfand, whose findings are published in the journal JAMA Dermatology.

He said that the study demonstrates for the first time "how increasing body surface area affected by psoriasis is directly associated with increasing risk of atherosclerotic disease".

Psoriasis also appears to be linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, peripheral vascular disease and kidney disease, possibly as a result of the systemic effects of chronic inflammation inside the body.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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