Cardiovascular Disease: Listen to Your Heart

If you've been waiting for a good reason to start a new exercise program or embark on a healthy eating plan, how's this for motivation? Medical research now links psoriasis with heart problems.

People with psoriasis are more likely to:

  • Suffer a stroke
  • Have a heart attack
  • Experience atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm)

In fact, people with psoriasis—especially those in their 40s and 50s with severe psoriasis—are at significant risk of developing heart disease.

Researchers believe that psoriasis is connected to heart disease because both are associated with excessive inflammation.

Talk to your doctor

Talk to your primary care physician about your heart disease risk factors such as diabetes, elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure—and about lifestyle changes that can help reduce the risk.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle

The American Heart Association says that by exercising as little as 30 minutes a day, you can reduce your risk of heart disease. The AHA also recommends eating at least 4½ cups of fruits and vegetables a day and at least two servings of fish a week.

Talk to your doctor before starting any new activities or diets. But make the commitment—today—to start moving your body and eating right. Your heart is depending on you!

Published August 2011

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