Features May 2013 Issue

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.

To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Arthritis Advisor

Arthritis Advisor is the first magazine published by one one of the world's leading orthopaedic hospitals specifically for people with arthritis.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.