Cardiovascular risk and psoriasis: beyond the traditional risk factors

Am J Med. 2014 Jan;127(1):12-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2013.08.013. Epub 2013 Oct 23.


Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease resulting in plaques of the skin. Similar to atherosclerosis, inflammation is integral to the initiation and propagation of plaque development. Mounting evidence has emerged demonstrating that psoriasis not only is associated with increased prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors, but also is an independent risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease. Systemic therapies for moderate to severe psoriasis can increase the cardiovascular risk. Despite the evidence that psoriasis is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, current guidelines only address managing traditional risk factors. An interdisciplinary approach is needed to find the necessary steps beyond classic risk reduction and detection of early cardiovascular disease in patients with psoriasis, as well as to develop a cardiovascular disease preventive regimen.

Keywords: Atherosclerosis; Cardiovascular disease; Cardiovascular risk; Inflammation; Prevention; Psoriasis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Inflammation* / complications
  • Prevalence
  • Psoriasis / complications*
  • Psoriasis / immunology
  • Psoriasis / therapy
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors