Psoriasis may be Linked to High Blood Pressure

A recent study indicates that psoriasis may be linked to high blood pressure. About four percent of Americans have the skin condition called psoriasis, which creates red, dry, thickened and itchy patches over the skin.

The research was conducted at the University of California, Davis Health System. It analyzed 835 patients suffering from hypertension and psoriasis. The study found that psoriasis patients were more likely to require intensive treatment for high blood pressure. PLos One has published this study in its online edition.

The researchers say drugs for treating psoriasis cannot be responsible for increasing hypertension. They say the implications of psoriasis are not just skin deep. Previous researches have focused on the link between psoriasis and cardiovascular risk.

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