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Psoriasis, High Blood Pressure May Be Linked
Date:5/20/2011

e aggressive drug regimen to achieve adequate blood-pressure control," she said.

Over the past four decades, researchers have developed several theories to explain the link between psoriasis and hypertension, including:

  • People with psoriasis may be more likely to develop constricted blood vessels, which increases blood pressure.
  • Patients with psoriasis have elevated levels of a protein produced by skin cells (endothelin I), which constricts blood vessels and increases blood pressure.
  • As an inflammatory disease, psoriasis can result in damage to blood vessels and the heart.

"Our understanding of psoriasis as a systemic disease is rapidly evolving," concluded Armstrong. "A better appreciation of the other conditions that tend to accompany psoriasis could potentially drive our therapy of the disease in the future."

While the new study found an association between psoriasis and high blood pressure, it did not demonstrate a cause-and-effect.

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The U.S. National Institutes of Health offers more detailed information on psoriasis.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: UC Davis Health System, news release, May 12, 2011


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