Can psoriasis affect your heart?
The inflammation associated with psoriasis can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Most people know psoriasis is a condition that affects the skin, but its impact can be felt much deeper than that. That's because inflammation can damage arteries.
Research suggests that people with psoriasis have a much higher risk of lymphoma, but researchers are puzzled as to why. Some studies suggest that having psoriasis increases your risk for developing certain cancers, including nonmelanoma skin cancers and lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.
- Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. Sometimes it is mistaken for noncancerous skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, since it may appear as a red, itchy, patch or sore. It also may take the form of a raised, pearly or waxy lesion.
- Some of these may be fatal while others are thought of as completely non-fatal conditions. One such cancer is cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. While treatable, there is no cure for this condition and many patients will live with this cancer for the rest of their lives.
- Most patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma are diagnosed at a more advanced stage. As a general rule, however, Hodgkin lymphoma is considered one of the most treatable cancers, with more than 90 percent of patients surviving more than five years.
Psoriasis may raise risk for diseases of heart, lungs, kidneys. Living with psoriasis can be difficult enough, but new research suggests sufferers may be at a higher risk for other serious diseases affecting vital organs like the heart, lungs and kidneys.
- Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis
- Cancer. A number of studies have found that people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis have an increased risk of certain types of cancer, such as lymphoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer.
- Cardiovascular Disease.
- Crohn's Disease.
- Although rare, chest pain and shortness of breath can be symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. These might happen when the chest wall and the cartilage that links your ribs to your breastbone get inflamed. Even more rarely, your lungs or your aorta could be affected.
- What are the signs and symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?
- Early on in the disease, patients often complain of a dry, unexplained cough.
- Often, slow and insidious onset of shortness of breath can set in.
- With time, shortness of breath (dyspnea) worsens.
Updated: 2nd October 2019