12 Oct Psoriasis Increases Blood Vessel Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk
Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Mehta: Psoriasis increases cardiovascular disease (CVD), and this study shows for the first time that the amount of psoriasis on the skin is mirrored in the blood vessels by increasing blood vessel inflammation.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Mehta: Even one plaque may be too many if we are seeing a relationship between skin disease severity and vascular inflammation.
Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Mehta: All patients with psoriasis should be checked for hypertension, fasting sugar and cholesterol as well as obesity. Ongoing research will inform whether aggressive treatment of the skin disease ameliorates vascular inflammation.
Nehal Mehta, M.D., M.S.C.E., F.A.H.A. (2015). Psoriasis Increases Blood Vessel Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk
Last Updated on October 12, 2015 by Marie Benz MD FAAD