I was not aware until recently that just having psoriasis apparently increases the risk of heart attack. Then I read this article regarding a study done on existing and new biologics. The study intended to research whether biologics increase further the risk of heart attack in those people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The outcome of the study was:
“Ryan told Reuters that although the study did not show a statistically significant increase in heart problems, it was likely not large enough to detect these rare events.”
So it doesn’t look like it may increase heart risk, but more study needs to be done. Interestingly further on one of the researchers makes a great “sound bite” of “we can see some smoke there”, thus implying that there must be a fire somewhere (i.e. heart risk) to cause that smoke.
So, in today’s society where obesity is prevalent, which in itself carries significant risk to your heart, if you have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis then you really need to keep a close eye on your heart. The best (and easiest) way to do this at home is to buy an automatic blood pressure machine, which you can usually find in pharmacies. Take your blood pressure every day and record it on a spreadsheet. This way you not only will be aware of what your blood pressure is, but also be able to monitor changes over time.
Of course ideally you will also engage in some type of regular exercise program. Something that gets your heart rate up for 20 to 30 minutes per day (minimum).
The other key thing to keep your heart in good shape is to ensure you don’t block the pipes with sticky fat, which make it much harder for your heart to push your blood through. I wouldn’t recommend this unless you are ordering one for a group of 20:There is a reason why this restaurant is called “Heart Attacks” – have a look at the picture of the burger through the window…