Researchers Find Psoriasis Increases Risk of Heart Disease

October 5, 2023 11:38:37

Researchers have observed coronary microvascular dysfunction in a good number of patients with psoriasis. This is despite the fact that most of them hadn’t presented with any symptoms of cardiovascular illness. For their study, the researchers recruited 503 individuals who had been diagnosed with psoriasis but had not been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.

Prior research has demonstrated that individuals with severe psoriasis have heightened cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. Despite this, there’s been limited studies on the mechanisms underlying the heightened risk.

The researchers were focused on learning more about the link between psoriasis and heart disease, centering on coronary blood flow. They examined the coronary microvascular system and looked at the extent to which small blood vessels could expand to allow for the blood to flow without interruptions. This is referred to as coronary reserve flow.

Each of the participants was required to undergo a Doppler echocardiogram, which assesses coronary microcirculation. This led to the discovery that more than 30% of the patients had undiagnosed coronary microvascular dysfunction.

Based on these results, the researchers determined that while there was no link to diabetes, hyperlipidemia or tobacco use, systemic inflammation did a play a role in the development of coronary microvascular dysfunction. The researchers also observed that inflammation reduced the flow of blood, while also interfering with other bodily processes.

In their report, the researchers stated that there was increasing evidence of inflammatory illnesses such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, with an increased prevalence of cardiovascular microvascular dysfunction, even when apparent cardiovascular illnesses were absent.

One of the study’s authors, Dr. Stefano Piaserico, stated that the primary takeaway from this research was that severe psoriasis was linked to a high prevalence of microvascular dysfunction, despite the absence of standard cardiovascular risk factors. Piaserico, an associate professor of dermatology at Italy’s University of Padua, added that significant predictors of decreased coronary flow reserve included the duration and severity of psoriasis as well as the presence of psoriatic arthritis. He noted that this discovery underscored the importance of considering factors related to psoriasis when evaluating cardiovascular risk in patients suffering from severe psoriasis.

The authors also noted in their report that while autoimmune disorders were risk factors for cardiovascular illnesses, the disorders didn’t lead to cardiovascular illnesses automatically. The researchers recommend regular checkups where an individual’s blood pressure is tested as well as their heart health markers.

The study’s findings were reported in the “Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

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