Recently, psoriasis has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease. Imaging studies have confirmed the presence of increased plaque formation in the coronary arteries in patients with psoriasis. In particular, psoriasis patients have an increased risk of developing unstable types of coronary artery plaques. These plaques may rupture, leading to heart attack and stroke.
But there is good news!
There is evidence that biologic treatments for psoriasis are associated with a significant reduction in high-risk plaques in the arteries of the heart. Biologic medications (innovative medications given as injections or infusions) have been shown to suppress the inflammation that drives both psoriasis and the development of plaque formation in the arteries. Imaging tests have demonstrated a significant reduction in high-risk plaques in arteries in psoriasis patients one year after starting biologic treatment.
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