Psoriatic Arthritis Elevates Cardiovascular Disease Risk
Evidence supports inflammatory disease’s impact on the heart; experts stress importance of understanding ‘beyond the joint.’
If you have psoriatic arthritis (PsA), you understand full well its impact on your body. Painful, swollen, hot and red joints are common side effects of the disease, but did you know the condition impacts your heart as well? The link between inflammatory diseases and increased risk for cardiovascular disease has gained considerable attention, particularly from the effects of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). According to the American College of Rheumatology, RA almost doubles the risk of having a heart attack within the first 10 years of diagnosis. Now, psoriatic arthritis is joining the list of potential heart disease instigators.