Psoriasis and Cardiovascular Health

There is more information than ever in the media these days about cardiovascular disease. Most everyone knows that the major risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease are associated with being overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle, and diabetes and genetics. What many people don’t realize is that there are several other health conditions which can also reduce a person’s cardiovascular health. One of these conditions which can affect the heart is psoriasis. The form of psoriasis which is atherosclerosis, or an excessive amount of plaque in the arteries, can cause the development of ischemic heart disease. Here is some information which everyone should know about this form of psoriasis and cardiovascular health.

Recent Research Findings

The research which has linked psoriasis with certain forms of heart disease is new. Researchers have found the link between the immune system disease of psoriasis and heat disease mainly is cause by the ill effects it can have on the valves which lead to the heart. Research have also uncovered that people who have heart disease which is linked to psoriasis have a higher mortality rate than those who may have developed the same form of heart disease through other causes.

Additional Research

The latest phase of research concerning the link between psoriasis and cardiovascular health has recently turned to the discovering treatment methods. Research is being conducted to discover if patients should be treated more aggressively for psoriasis or heart disease. Once this question has been answered, researchers can start taking the steps to develop more effective treatment methods to extend the life expectancy of those who develop this form of heart disease.

Working Together

Although researchers are still unclear as to whether psoriasis or heart disease should be more aggressively treated for this condition, they are certain that there is a link between these conditions. This is why researchers who have studied psoriasis related heart conditions are reaching out to dermatologists in an effort to educate them about this matter. If more dermatologists are aware of the link between these diseases, more patients can receive early diagnosis. This can lead to early treatment which can save lives.