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Psoriasis and Heart Disease

Psoriasis and Heart Disease

Research found that middle-aged psoriasis patients are two times more likely to have heart disease.  University of Pennsylvania studies found that the risk of  patients with severe psoriasis that are 40 years old or older having heart diseases are two times higher than non-psoriasis patients. For patients with mild psoriasis,  their chances of having  heary diseases are 20% higher than non-patients. Researcher noted that psoriasis patients that are affected in elbow and knees do not need to worry as much, but suggested that they check with physicians to ensure that there are no other risk factors for heart diseases.

Part of the research funds were sponsored by a pharmaceutical company; the conclusion of the research was based on the medical record of 680,000 psoriasis patients in England. However, a scientist who had not involved in the research said psoriasis and heart disease are not closely related. According to the scientist's figures, among 3646 patients with mild psoriasis, only 1 had heart disease.

Dermatologists said, psoriasis has nothing to do with the fungus; it is non-infectious. Causes include immune system disorders, stress, tension, lack of rest, and drinking. Psoriasis patients have skin with red patches covered with a layer of silver-white scales.


What is Psoriasis?

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis (Psoriasis), is a common chronic skin disease and it is not infectious. Psoriasis the imbalance of the human immune system, making skin inflammation and excessive cell growth conditions, it is a non-contagious chronic skin inflammation.  Chance for men and women having psoriasis are very the same. Anyone in any age may suffer from psoriasis, however, it happens more often in adults; many patients were between the age of 15-35 when they were first diagnosed with psoriasis. Psoriasis affects not only the appearance and daily life of patients, it may also cause chronic inflammation of joints. 30% of psoriasis patients also are diagnosed with arthritis.

Causes of Psoriasis
Detailed causes of psoriasis are still unknown. The medical profession believes that it is caused by the unbalance of the immune system guided by the T lymphocytes.  Skin epidermal cell growth too fast; it is 5 to 7 times faster than normal growth. Psoriasis seems to be genetic. Approximately 30% of psoriasis patients have family history of such disease.

Psoriasis Symptoms

  • skin itchiness, red papules or plaques, are multi-surface roughness and long silvery-white scales.
  • common locations include: the scalp, elbows, knees, abdomen, back, buttocks and genitals.
  • thickened nails
  • inflammation of the joints or deformed joints
  • serious red pustules

Types of Psoriasis

  • psoriasis, also known as plaque psoriasis, accounting for about 90% of patuents
  • joint psoriasis, accounting for 10%- 30% if patients
  • pustular psoriasis
  • erythrodermic psoriasis

Possible causes of psoriasis

  • skin injury or trauma
  • infections, especially streptococcal upper respiratory tract infection.
  • drugs
  • emotional stress
  • seasonal variation
  • alcohol and smoking