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January 24/31, 2007

Psoriasis and Risk of Myocardial Infarction

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2007;297(4):361-363. doi:10.1001/jama.297.4.361-a

To the Editor: The prospective cohort study by Dr Gelfand and colleagues1 found that patients with psoriasis had an increased adjusted relative risk for myocardial infarction (MI). In their conclusion, the authors state that psoriasis may confer an independent risk of MI, which is greater in young patients with severe psoriasis. Analyses were performed using conditional logistic regression, adjusted for age, sex, and other major cardiovascular risk factors (hypertension, diabetes, history of MI, hyperlipidemia, smoking, and body mass index).