Psoriasis, Arthritis Linked to Heart Disease

Newsmax | 1/13/2017 | Staff
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Arthritis that accompanies the skin condition psoriasis may also come with a higher risk of heart problems, according to a Hong Kong study.

In particular, patients with so-called psoriatic arthritis may have a three- to four-fold higher prevalence of plaque in their coronary arteries, which leads to a higher heart attack risk.

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Clinicians need to identify patients with high cardiovascular (CV) risk so they can provide lifestyle advice and preventive treatment to those individuals, said study author Lai-Shan Tam of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are related, but not everyone who has the red, scaly skin patches associated with psoriasis will develop the more severe psoriatic arthritis associated with joint swelling and pain.

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According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, about 30 percent of those with psoriasis develop the inflammatory arthritis, which that can cause permanent damage to joints.

Compared to the general population, people with psoriatic arthritis had a 68 percent higher risk of heart attack and a 43 percent higher risk of death during previous studies, the authors of the new study point out in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Although the increased risk and association are known, studies can't yet explain why.

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Atherosclerosis, or hardening and narrowing of the arteries, is one risk factor that reliably predicts heart problems. Recent studies of atherosclerosis in patients with psoriatic arthritis have been limited to ultrasound images of the carotid arteries in the neck, however, so Tam and colleagues decided to use CT scans to look at multiple arteries around the heart.

The research team evaluated 90 psoriatic arthritis patients and 205 patients who didn't have this condition but who did have cardiovascular risk factors, such as chest pain.

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The psoriatic arthritis patients, who didn't have a prior heart disease diagnosis, had significantly higher...
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