When this happens in the arteries that supply oxygenated blood to the heart (the coronary arteries), it causes coronary artery disease. Additionally, psoriasis patches and plaques tend to trigger the growth of new blood vessels, a process called angiogenesis that also increases the likelihood of atherosclerosis.
Psoriasis can also increase clotting activity, increasing the likelihood of a clot blocking or impairing circulation. Therefore, without enough blood reaching the heart muscle or brain, heart attack and stroke occur, respectively.
Other possible links between psoriasis and heart health
A relevant aspect is the tendency for isolation among patients suffering from the condition. As in times of crisis many individuals avoid leaving home and interacting with others due to the appearance of injuries, they end up adopting an unhealthy lifestyle, with direct and important damage to the body.
Another behavioral characteristic with serious consequences is the impact it has on mental health. The disease in some cases can lead to disorders due to prejudice, problems with self-esteem and acceptance, leading to depression and anxiety.
Recent research therefore provides several indications that people with psoriasis have more risk factors for heart disease than people who do not. However, further studies are needed to clarify and deepen the understanding of this relationship.