Severe psoriasis associated with major adverse cardiac events

April 5th, 2011 - 5:30 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, April 05 (ANI): A new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has revealed an increased incidence of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in patients with severe psoriasis.

Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease, and if severe, has been demonstrated to be a risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) disease. However, the degree to which psoriasis is associated with MACE, such as heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death has not been defined.

In a cohort study analyzing data from a general practice research database, they found that patients with severe psoriasis have a 53 percent increased incidence of MACE compared to the general population.

They also found that having a diagnosed case of severe psoriasis confers an additional ten-year risk of 6 percent on MACE.

The study results were reported at the 2011 American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans. (ANI)

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