People with the skin condition, psoriasis, may be at an increased risk of suffering a heart attack, the results of a new study indicate.

Psoriasis appears as pink or red raised patches on the skin, which are known as plaques, and which have a well-defined edge around them. They also have a scaly surface and can be large or small.

Psoriasis has been associated with heart disease in previous studies. As part of this study, a team of US researchers set out to investigate whether the skin condition is a risk factor for heart attack, also known as myocardial infarction (MI).The study found that heart attacks were more common among people with psoriasis, compared to those without the condition. Furthermore, the risk of MI was greatest among young adults with severe psoriasis.

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