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Dermatologists and psoriasis patients call for specialized care to prevent heart disease


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JAMA Dermatology
Reuters Health - 26/01/2022 - Dermatologists and patients with psoriatic disease agree that specialist-led care would help them prevent cardiovascular disease, according to a new survey. Patients with psoriatic disease are at elevated risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), but many don't regularly visit their primary-care physicians for blood pressure and cholesterol testing and treatment, researchers note in JAMA Dermatology. "Patients with psoriatic disease report being just as likely pursue testing and treatment for cardiovascular risk factors whether these recommendations were made by their primary care physician or their dermatologist or rheumatologist," said senior author Dr. Joel M. Gelfand of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, in Philadelphia. "More than two-thirds of dermatologists agreed that screening for cardiovascular risk factors in patients with psoriasis was doable," he told Reuters Health by email. Dr. Gelfand a...


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