If you have psoriasis, recent studies suggest you may also be at risk for several health conditions that contribute to heart disease. Experts recommend that psoriasis patients should be screened for cardiovascular disease.
The studies, which involved more than 4,000 patients, found that the more surface area of skin affected by psoriasis, the more likely a patient is to have metabolic syndrome. This syndrome consists of several conditions associated with an increased risk of heart disease: insulin resistance, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and elevated triglyceride levels.
Researchers uncovered several distinct patterns among psoriasis patients:
While researchers have only found an association between psoriasis and cardiovascular risk, not a cause-and-effect relationship, many experts believe that inflammation may be the common link. Excessive inflammation is a critical feature of psoriasis. Chronic inflammation also plays a role in abnormal cholesterol levels, insulin resistance, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
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