For patients with psoriasis, physical activity was found to significantly impact risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a study published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology.

For this study, the researchers recruited 242 patients with chronic psoriasis. Arterial function was assessed via arteriography. Patient medical history and physical activity levels were identified, and patients underwent medical examination.

The researchers found a significant association between volume of activity and likelihood of future CVD (P<0.02), measured by pulse wave velocity, a preclinical indicator of future CVD risk. There was also a significant relationship between diastolic reflection area (DRA) and patients reaching health-promoting levels of physical activity (P<0.001), as well as between DRA and likelihood of future CVD (P<0.001).

According to the authors, “Our data suggest that DRA may represent a surrogate marker for cardiorespiratory fitness.”

Via: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology