My Heart Problems

My Heart Problems

Psoriasis is more than dry skin. I had my yearly physical as usual; never miss it. This was the first time my doctor said she heard something and wanted me to see a heart specialist. I went through series of chest X-rays, blood tests, electrocardiogram, cardiac stress test, cardiac CT calcium scoring. I was doing tests that I had never heard of in my life; to tell you I was very scared would be an understatement.

There has been research linking psoriasis to be a warning indicator that there may be something going on with the heart. Research has found that people with severe psoriasis have a 67 percent increased chance of developing an abdominal aortic aneurysm— a major problem which can be fatal.

Helpful research can also mean we worry!

I began to wonder how much psoriasis is affecting my heart. There are so many other health problems that researchers are linking to psoriasis. These are the kind of things that we as patients need to know. I’m starting to be very proactive in getting my heart checked and doing what I need to do to keep it healthy. Our heart is a major organ and it needs to be taken care of especially as a psoriasis patient. We are already stressed enough, so we don’t need added stress.

Depression and stress go hand in hand. I look at my heart and also my weight. The more weight I keep on the harder my heart has to work. Taking care of parts of our bodies will make things flow smoothly and keep us healthier.

I love being healthy and I do whatever my doctors tell me to do. I looked for warning signs to see if anything is wrong. How can I not take this information to heart? It’s the very core of who I am. I am a patient and these things matter to me and those who share psoriasis.

Take this information to heart

As an advocate, I want everybody who is affected to take heart to this article. It’s more than a heart article, it is your life. It’s a matter of heart and aneurysm. Please take this information seriously. It’s very important to keep your blood pressure levels normal. High cholesterol numbers can affect your heart. Basically, if there is too much fat in the arteries, it can block them and lead to a heart attack. Let’s watch our blood sugar as well–it’s vital for those of us with psoriasis. We must regularly get our blood levels checked to get accurate numbers, to see what’s high.

I used a lot of salt on my food. Taking too much of anything is not good for psoriasis or the heart. I have suffered from indigestion a few times and it literally felt like I was having a heart attack. It was not a good feeling. The pressure and gas had basically got trapped in my chest and brought me this very uncomfortable feeling. I have got this under control by decreasing my food intake late at night. Sometimes all it takes is a few subtle lifestyle changes.

Since by diagnosis which has been many years ago (1963) I’ve changed many things because I had to so I could help my body get better. Understanding psoriasis can help you understand your risk of heart problems. Take the risks seriously by pursuing a healthy lifestyle, through eating well, getting daily exercise, and reducing stress. By being aware of the risk factors that come along with your psoriasis, you are already on the road to taking control of your health.

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  • Sonoftadpole
    1 year ago

    Hi, I just came across this article and have to agree with you on everything %100! Although, I was not aware of the AAA being a factor. While reading, I kept reflecting back about 2.5 years ago during hospital admit # (I lost count)…one physician detected a murmur during morning visit. Nothing else was ever mentioned about it and after getting back home life went on as usual… that was all about to change ..
    In May of 2016 I experienced what is clinically known as a STEMI (ST Elevated Myocardial Infarct) aka Widow Maker Heart Attack…Worth mentioning is that at the time I was 90% covered in lesions and my joint inflammation was (pardon the pun) off the scales!
    I find it difficult to articulate exactly what one goes through after staring death in the face. It’s an experience that transcends fear while at the same time forces one to confront fear . I realized that throughout my life I’ve always been afraid of what others thought of my skin, my swollen joints, the flakes, the limp…the list goes on..I kept asking myself Why am I worried about what others think? Or Where is the benefit in avoiding check ups , tests , etc..? In other words, pretending that I’m like everyone else or that it couldn’t happen to me has been replaced by I am NOT like everyone else who doesn’t suffer from this and it can and did happen to me!
    Thanks again for an enlightening article…I look forward to reading more from you!

  • DianeT author
    12 months ago

    I was checking to see how you are doing? Be yourself that’s all we can do. I can’t worry about what other people think anymore. I have been asked to leave pools, hairdressers, etc in the past. That is their lost, not mind.

    I hope you are doing ok. I was covered in scales form end to toe before, so I know how you feel. Stay in touch. People don’t have a clue what we go though.

    Take care,

    Diane

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