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Hypertension and the Onset of Psoriasis

Hypertension is associated with increased age at the onset of psoriasis and a higher body mass index (BMI) in psoriatic disease, a new study found. In this cross-sectional study of 600 patients with psoriatic disease, researchers examined the prevalence of hypertension in patients with psoriasis alone and in those with psoriatic disease. They analyzed the frequency of this comorbidity and then the factors associated with it using conditional logistic regression. Researchers found:

  • 144 patients (24%) were hypertensive.
  • In patients with psoriatic disease, for each point of increase in the BMI, the risk of hypertension increases by 13%.
  • For each year of onset > 40 years, the risk of hypertension increases by 4%.
  • Patients with a higher BMI and those with later-onset psoriasis are more prone to this comorbidity.

Citation:

Queiro R, Lorenzo A, Tejón P, Pardo E, Coto P. Hypertension is associated with increased age at the onset of psoriasis and a higher body mass index in psoriatic disease. [Published online ahead of print March 28, 2019]. Clin Rheumatol. doi:10.1007/s10067-019-04519-z.