Psoriasis and Heart Disease Is there a link
Psoriasis has a huge impact on the quality of life of individualsand it's not just inflammation of the skin. We do know that individuals who have moderate to severe psoriasis are also at increased risk of cardiovascular diseasemay increase risk of heart attacks or strokes. The skin is a huge organ and if you have inflammationthat's going on over many years, this appears to have a negative impacton blood vessels so we need to be sure that individuals who have psoriasis need to have other factors for their cardiovascular healthblood pressure and lipids checked. They need to be aware of these risks that are associated with this chronic inflammation.
and that's something that's relatively new. In the last fewyears we've learned about this and realized this. Now I think that we need to be proactiveinformingour patients that they need to look after this part of their health.
1 comorbiditypsoriasis is depression
Bruce Jancin writingRheumatology Newsreported on findings presented at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar. While cardiovasculardisease has always been considered the most common comorbidity of psoriasis and psoriaticarthritis, it appears that the most common is actually depression. Also, encouragingevidence suggests that successful treatment of the psoriatic disease also lowers the incidenceof depression according to Kenneth Gordon of Northwestern University. Comment: Interesting and encouraging.