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Psoriasis: an opportunity to identify cardiovascular risk
Article first published online: 28 OCT 2008
© 2008 No claim to Original US government works. Journal Compilation © 2008 British Association of Dermatologists
British Journal of Dermatology
Volume 160, Issue 1, pages 1–7, January 2009
How to Cite
Federman, D.G., Shelling, M., Prodanovich, S., Gunderson, C.G. and Kirsner, R.S. (2009), Psoriasis: an opportunity to identify cardiovascular risk. British Journal of Dermatology, 160: 1–7. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2008.08874.x
- Issue published online: 15 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 28 OCT 2008
- Accepted for publication 18 May 2008
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Psoriasis is highly prevalent and is associated with skin-associated complaints as well as arthritis, depression and a lower quality of life. Recently, it has been demonstrated that not only do patients with psoriasis have an increased prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors, but an increased risk of myocardial infarction, and for those with severe disease, increased mortality. Dermatologists and other health professionals need to be cognizant of this association and ensure that cardiovascular risk factors are evaluated and treated appropriately in those patients with psoriasis. We review the association between psoriasis, atherosclerosis and inflammation, as well as some treatable cardiovascular risk factors that may prove beneficial in reducing a patient’s cardiovascular risk.