Patients With Psoriasis Have Coronary Calcium Scores Comparable to Diabetes Interview with:
Nehal N. Mehta, .MD., M.S.C.E. F.A.H.A.
Lasker Clinical Research Scholar
Section of Inflammation and Cardiometabolic Diseases
NIH What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Psoriasis is associated with accelerated cardiovascular (CV) disease; however, screening for CV risk factors in psoriasis remains low. Coronary artery calcium (CAC) score estimates the total burden of atherosclerosis. Psoriasis has been associated with increase CAC score, but how this compares to patients with diabetes, who are aggressively screened for CV risk factors, is unknown. What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Patients with psoriasis have coronary artery calcium scores comparable to patients with diabetes. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Future research should systematically evaluate presence of vascular disease using other imaging tools and then further assess if treatment of the skin disease improves vascular disease. Thank you for your contribution to the community.


Mansouri B, Kivelevitch D, Natarajan B, et al. Comparison of Coronary Artery Calcium Scores Between Patients With Psoriasis and Type 2 Diabetes . JAMA Dermatol. Published online August 24, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.2907.

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Last Updated on August 24, 2016 by Marie Benz MD FAAD