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Cardiac and cardiovascular morbidities in patients with psoriatic arthritis: a population-based case control study



To assess the prevalence of risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD-related morbidity in a large Middle-Eastern psoriatic arthritis (PsA) cohort.


A retrospective case control study was conducted using Israel’s largest health care provider’s patient database from 2000 to 2013. For each patient with PsA, 10 patients with no history of psoriasis or arthritis were matched for age and sex. Analysis of CVD-related risk factors and morbidity included hypertension (HTN), hyperlipidemia (HLD), diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM-2), obesity, smoking, ischemic heart disease (IHD), congestive heart failure (CHF), cerebrovascular accident (CVA), carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease (PVD), aortic aneurism, valvular heart disease (VHD), and cardiomyopathy. Statistical analysis was conducted using t test and chi-square tests as appropriate. Univariate and multivariable logistic regression models assessed the association between PsA and CVD-related risk factors and morbidity.


Three thousand one hundred sixty-one PsA patients were included, with average age 58 ± 15.0 years, of whom 53.4% were women. Increased prevalence of DM-2, HLD, HTN, and obesity (OR 1.7, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5 respectively) was noted in the PsA group. Increased prevalence of IHD (p < 0.0001), PVD (p < 0.0001), CHF (p = 0.002), VHD (p < 0.0001), and cardiomyopathy (p = 0.006) was found in the PsA group compared to the control group even after adjusting for CVD risk factors.


A high prevalence of CVD-related risk factors and morbidity was found in this Middle Eastern PsA population, in accordance with data from other geographic regions. These results emphasize the importance of clinician awareness of the increased risk for CVD-related complications in PsA patients.

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The study was carried out in compliance with the Helsinki Declaration. Internal Review Board approval was obtained from the Ethics Committee of Carmel Medical Center. Requirement for individual patient consent forms was waived due to the retrospective, observational nature of the study.



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Kibari, A., Cohen, A.D., Gazitt, T. et al. Cardiac and cardiovascular morbidities in patients with psoriatic arthritis: a population-based case control study. Clin Rheumatol 38, 2069–2075 (2019).

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  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors
  • CVD-related morbidity
  • Psoriatic arthritis (PsA)