Psoriasis and stroke risk

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A recent study published in the in the European Heart Journal, found that people with psoriasis have an increased risk of ischaemic stroke. The study which was carried out in Denmark between 1997 and 2006 amongst 4.5 million people, included 36,765 patients with mild psoriasis and 2,793 with severe psoriasis.

Compared to the study population group the results showed that in the study group of people with psoriasis had an increased risk of developing a stroke.

The group which was most at risk where those less than 50 years of age with severe psoriasis.

The research team said "The relative risks of atrial fibrillation and ischaemic stroke were highest in young patients with severe psoriasis.

"The results add to accumulating evidence that patients with psoriasis are at increased cardiovascular risk."

If you are concerned about your risk, speak to your doctor or health care provider.

Reference:

Published in the European Heart Journal,
Eur Heart J (2011)
doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehr285
First published online: August 12, 2011