The Evaluation of Psoriasis and Heart Disease

Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin condition. Traditionally, psoriasis has been associated only with the development of inflammatory plaques on the skin. Over the past 10 years, evidence has emerged suggesting that through systemic inflammation, psoriasis can affect other parts of the body as well.

Research has shown that those with psoriasis have higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure and that those with psoriasis may also be at risk for heart disease. In one study, individuals with psoriasis were three times more likely to have heart problems compared to those without psoriasis of a similar age.

As a cardiologist, my primary area of interest is evaluating individuals at high risk of developing heart disease. I hope to understand how psoriasis predisposes to an increased risk of heart disease and study ways to reduce the risk of developing heart disease in those with psoriasis.

At New York University Medical Center I am conducting a study to evaluate the connection between psoriasis, inflammation and the first signs of heart disease, blood vessel dysfunction.

We are currently enrolling in a short-term study and are looking for those with active moderate to severe psoriasis and:

  • No history of heart disease
  • Not actively smoking
  • Not currently taking an aspirin or statin (e.g. Lipitor)

If you qualify we will ask you to undergo ultrasound imaging of your arteries, IV insertion and blood draw at two time points.

The time commitment is two weeks, subjects may be compensated for their time and transportation.

Please contact Michael Garshick at Michael.garshick@nyumc.org for more information.

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