Heart Beat: February 2015

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You may think of psoriasis as primarily a skin condition, because the most obvious sign of the disease is a rash. Doctors have long known that psoriasis is a systemic disease that can affect the bodys endocrine, immune, and cardiovascular systems. Recently, a study published in JAMA Dermatology underscored the broader nature of psoriasis with findings that link the disease with a higher risk of uncontrolled blood pressure. The British study of more than 13,000 adults found that individuals with severe psoriasis were 48 percent more likely to have poorly controlled blood pressure, compared with people who dont have psoriasis.
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