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10 Points to Consider when Evaluating your PsA Patients

Some new and old concepts to consider when evaluating patients with severe psoriatic arthritis (PsA) for cardiovascular diseases.

A study published in the April 25 issue of Arthritis Care and Research, shows that patients with PsA have a 55% increase in the risk of incident cardiovascular events. The overall risk of cardiovascular disease is 43% greater than that of the general population. By comparison, PsA patients face a 31% increased risk of congestive heart failure, 38% increased risk of incident cerebrovascular events and 57% increased risk of developing myocardial infarction. “Risk of Cardiovascular Morbidity in Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis: A Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies.” Ari Polachek, M.D., Zahi Touma, M.D., Ph.D., et. al. Arthritis Care and Research. April 25, 2016. DOI: 10.1002/acr.22926.