Psoriasis was not only common skin disease. A recent study showed that people with psoriasis have increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Number of patients with psoriasis over the years continued to rise. In the United States alone, approximately 7.5 million people suffer from the symptoms of thick, red, scaly, and itchy skin. Not only physically ill, the patient had psoriasis will also experience a fatal health condition in the future if not controlled properly.
A new study published this week in the American College of Cardiology in Atlanta, the United States was mention of people with psoriasis are more likely to risk of heart attacks and strokes than those not having these skin disorders.
Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital is to track the number of people with psoriasis, heart disease, stroke, and death in all teens and adults in the Danish population between 1997 and 2006. They found that people with severe psoriasis about 54 percent more likely to suffer a stroke, 21 percent more to get heart attacks, and 53 percent will die after 10 years of illness than non-psoriasis sufferers.
They are also more likely to require surgery such as angioplasty to open their heart arteries are clogged. While patients with mild psoriasis also have the possibility of increased risk of stroke and the angioplasty procedure. People with severe disease at a younger age at highest risk of cardiovascular problems, “said researcher Ole Ahlehoff MD, was quoted by webmd.com.
This analysis take into account other risk factors for heart disease, including age, gender, treatment performed and other health conditions. “People with psoriasis should not only seek care for symptoms of the disorder, but also should be examined to determine risk factors for heart disease and make lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems in the future, such as maintaining a healthy weight,” explained Ahlehoff.
Another study, presented last week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Miami Beach, Fla., the United States showed psoriasis is also associated with an increased risk of cancers, including skin cancer, prostate cancer, and lymphoma. Researchers from the Health Economics and Outcomes Research at Abbott Laboratories to get data from insurance claims database that holds information about 93 million people around the United States.
They identified 37,159 people with psoriasis and to compare their possible cancer with 111,473 other people without psoriasis, in the same age. Known, people with psoriasis are likely to suffer from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and become obese (obesity).
During an average period of about 1.5 to 2 years, approximately 34.8 percent of people with psoriasis was diagnosed with cancer. In contrast, only 23.2 percent of those with healthy skin cancer. Researchers concluded, 56% higher risk of cancer for people with psoriasis.
The type of cancer that can be suffered by people with psoriasis is 75 percent for skin cancer, 87 percent of lymphoma, and 22 percent of prostate cancer. “Some of the medications used for psoriasis are likely to increase the risk of skin cancer.
But the link to other cancers can not be explained by the therapy, “said Alan Menter, MD, Director of the Psoriasis Research Unit at Baylor Research Institute in Dallas, United States.
Psoriasis itself is an immune disorder disease, which affected mainly by T cells (a type of white blood cells). Activated T cells will interact with skin cells (mainly keratinocytes) and resulted in the formation of a thick skin and scaly. The cause of this disease is still unknown, but the researchers have managed to find the abnormal gene that leads to the formation in patients with psoriasis. Thus, this disease has a hereditary disease risks.
Psoriasis is generally not life threatening, although very disturbing quality of life. Personal life, social, and work is also suffering greatly affected by the disease if the skin disorder of a particular place (eg the face, palms of the hands / feet, or genitals).
If not treated properly, complications may develop the disease (the disease becomes worse) as Psoriatic eritroderma (whole body skin becomes red) or generalized psoriasis pustulosa (psoriasis with small bubbles containing pus) that could endanger patients lives.
Nowadays, there are variety of psoriasis treatment is safe and effective. The treatment help to repair the skin conditions and reduce itching complaints. Of the many types of treatment, only a small portion can be cleaned with psoriasis treatment of skin disorders. The process is called clearance or remission.
Until now I have found no drug that can cure psoriasis in total. All the existing treatment can only suppress the symptoms of psoriasis. Most people never reach a state of remission of free treatment. Another thing that must be considered before selecting treatment degrees of severity of psoriasis was suffered. Also, disease location, type, age, sex and medical history, too patient.