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Doctor insights on: Psoriatic Arthritis And Heart Murmur

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Is there a connection between psoriatic arthritis and heart disease?

Is there a connection between psoriatic arthritis and heart disease?

Yes : People with psoriasis (including psoriatic arthritis) have higher incidence of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hyperglycemia, hypertension and obesity, all risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Atherosclerosis, presumably due to the inflammatory nature of the condition is more common in pa. There is some evidence suggesting anti-tnf therapy lowers the cardiovascular risk in patients with pa. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Are all Psoriatic Arthritis patients going to be disabled at a stage in their life if they are not already killed by a heart attack?

No: No, there are absolutely some very viable treatment options for patients with psoriasis related arthritis. I would make sure you are under the care of a caring rheumatologist.. ...Read more

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I was hospitalized for Heart & Blood Pressure (215/101) from taking Diclofenac 2 years for Psoriatic Arthritis. Is there something safer to take?

I was hospitalized for Heart  &  Blood Pressure (215/101) from taking Diclofenac 2 years for Psoriatic Arthritis.  Is  there something safer to take?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) or topical: Tylenol/acetaminophen has no effect on blood pressure. Also, there are topical antiinflammatories such as diclofenac gel/cream and others made by compounded pharmacies that have limited systemic absorption and rarely increase bp. If I can be of help, then join my care team and virtual practice at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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How serious is a heart murmur?

How serious is a heart murmur?

Depends: Most heart murmurs are benign. Functional murmurs are those that relate to turbulent flow through normal valves. Anyone of us can have a murmur. Some murmurs are related to mild or moderate leaking across valves and do not need any immediate attention. However, other murmurs are more serious and related to serious narorwing or leaking of valves. Some relate to holes in heart such as vsd's. ...Read more

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How do you treat a heart murmur?

How do you treat a heart murmur?

It varies: A heart murmur is simply an extra sound coming from the heart. It does not necessarily mean there is a problem to treat. In fact, most children with heart murmurs have no heart disease at all. These are known as "innocent" murmurs. When the murmur is related to heart disease, the treatment depends upon the cause of the murmur ranging from observation to medications to catheter or surgical therapy. ...Read more

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What to do about my heart murmur?

What to do about my heart murmur?

See a cardiologist.: Just see a cardiologist and he or she will tell you if there's anything that needs to be done. Could be fine, or could require attention. It's all in the details. ...Read more

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What does having a?Heart murmur mean?

What does having a?Heart murmur mean?

Turbulent flow: The most specific meaning is turbulent blood flow from the "rooms" of the heart (the chambers) through the "doors" (the valves). Many causes exist.The can be from problems or changes in the valves or heart, or from things that effect the blood flow (anemia, exercise, dehydration).Some causes are benign(flow murmur, sometimes prolapse, venous hum), sometimes more serious like valve failure or blockage. ...Read more

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What does a slower heart murmur mean?

What does a slower heart murmur mean?

No idea: A heart murmur is the sound produce by turbulence as blood goes from one chamber of the heart to the next when the flow is not smooth. So it can be described as loud or soft,short or long but never "slow". You need to check if you have the right term . ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in a heart murmur?

None: Heart murmur is a finding on physical examination, not a diagnosis or a symptom. Heart murmur means that blood flow makes noise when listening to the chest. Heart murmurs can be due to normal blood flow or due to a heart problem. ...Read more

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Could a heart murmur be a cause for concern?

Could a heart murmur be a cause for concern?

Depends: There are many different types of murmurs, not all are a problem. A good physical may be all that is needed . Other testing such as echocardiograhy can be very helpful. See your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more


Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Psoriatic Arthritis (Definition)

An inflammatory arthritis associated with psoriasis. The arthritis can affect a few joints (oligoarticular), many joints (polyarticular), tips of fingers (dip only), the spine (spondylitis) or a severe deforming of hands (arthritis mutilans). Arthritis severity does not ...Read more