Psoriasis is a well-known skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Psoriasis sufferers have skin cells that rise to the surface too quickly, leaving insufficient time for old skin cells to slough off, resulting in a buildup of dead skin cells. While it is known that the condition may be triggered by abnormal signals from the body’s immune system, new findings place the disease in a greater context. According to a growing body of evidence, psoriasis is being linked with heart and blood vessel problems, including an increased risk of stroke and atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat). It may be that the chronic inflammation associated with psoriasis may also play a role in stroke and atrial fibrillation.
Plaque psoriasis is a disease of the immune system. Red, scaly patches on the skin are a symptom of this disease. Stress and infections can cause a flare up of psoriasis. Please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule an evaluation. We can perform a thorough examination and determine which prescription medicines and lifestyle changes that can best control your symptoms. Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.
Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist
P.S. Due to the suspected link mentioned above, psoriasis sufferers may want to check with their primary care doctors about having their overall cardiovascular health checked.