They're almost three times as likely to have a stroke and irregular heartbeat, according to a new Danish study published in the European heart journal.
The disease often shows up as red or white scaly patches on the skin, but you can have the disease and have no outward symptoms.
But the inward ones can kill you.
Passed down from your parents, psoriasis has been linked to heart attacks, but why now strokes?
In a word-- inflammation.
With this disease, the body sends extra blood to nourish the hyper-produced skin. That causes swelling.
When your blood vessels become inflamed, they can narrow, or even close off. Do that in the brain, and that's a stroke.
Folks with psoriasis are also more likely to be obese, have high blood pressure,
With the itchy blotches and frequent pain, makes sense they'd use food, cigarettes or anything else to cope.
Treatment includes skin creams, light therapy and injectable medicines.