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Is there a cardiovascular risk with plaque psoriasis?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Unfortunately, yes. People with severe psoriasis (regardless of weight or smoking status) have a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, and heart attack. If you have severe psoriasis, the American Heart Association recommends a cardiovascular examination that checks your blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, pulse rate, total and HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and blood-sugar levels. You should also talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes like diet modification, exercise, and stress management. Who knows? They might even help your psoriasis as well.

 

 

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine

For decades, experts have linked psoriasis with an increased chance of cardiovascular disease. Researchers have set out to determine if lifestyle habits may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with severe psoriasis. Studies indicate that the increased risk of cardiovascular disease appears to stem from the severe psoriasis, even when considering lifestyle habits, obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

Having the severe psoriasis alone may increase the chance of having a myocardial infarction or getting  atherosclerosis. If you have severe psoriasis, it's important to follow the American Heart Association's recommendations and have a cardiovascular risk screening. This examination will consider your blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, pulse rate, total and HDL ("good") cholesterol and fasting blood sugar levels.  which includes an evaluation of a patient's blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference, pulse, fasting serum lipoprotein (or total and HDL cholesterol), and fasting blood glucose. While some risk factors for cardiovascular disease cannot be changed, you can control your diet, exercise, weight, and cigarette smoking.

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