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​​What You Should Know About Psoriasis and Heart Health

By Leah Campbell
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
February 03, 2022

Like most chronic conditions, psoriasis often goes hand in hand with at least one comorbidity. A comorbidity is a disease that a person experiences at the same time as another one, and there are a few different comorbidities associated with psoriasis, including heart disease.

Studies have demonstrated that people with psoriasis have a very significant increase in heart disease risk,” says Arash Bereliani, M.D., a board-certified cardiologist in Beverly Hills, California.

This increased risk is particularly concerning for people who have severe psoriasis. “They are 54% more likely to suffer a stroke, 21% more likely to have a heart attack, and 53% more likely to die over a 10-year period than people without the skin disorder,” Bereliani says. He adds that they’re also more likely to need surgical cardiovascular procedures like angioplasty, which opens clogged arteries.