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Psoriasis drug could also lessen heart attack risks

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LOS ANGELES, Ca. (WTVR) – It’s estimated that as many as 7.5 millionĀ  people suffer from the itch or redness of psoriasis.

Now new research finds that a treatment for the irritating skin disease might have some beneficial side effects.

Nearly 9,000 patients with psoriasis participated in a study from the Kaiser Permanante Los Angeles Medical Center.

Researchers found patients who were given a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor, a drug used to treat psoriasis, were 50% less likely to have a heart attack compared to patients on other medications.

Doctors said people with psoriasis are at a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases because the condition causes inflammation in the body.

“This inflammation brings out diabetes, high blood pressure, and ultimately a heart attack,” said Dr. Jay Wu with Kaiser Permanante Los Angeles Medical Center.

In the next phase of the study, researchers will look into the effects a TNF inhibitor has on stroke.