Ann Rheum Dis 70:875-876 doi:10.1136/ard.2010.136499
  • Letters

Prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in psoriatic arthritis resembles that of rheumatoid arthritis

  1. M T Nurmohamed1,2
  1. 1Jan van Breemen Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. 2VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr M T Nurmohamed, Department of Rheumatology, Jan van Breemen Institute, Dr Jan van Breemenstraat 2, 1056 AB Amsterdam, The Netherlands; m.nurmohamed{at}
  • Accepted 16 August 2010
  • Published Online First 18 October 2010

The increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is well known and inflammation appears to play a pivotal aetiological role. There is now substantial interest in whether or not psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is also associated with an enhanced cardiovascular (CV) risk. However, data on CVD in PsA is limited.1,,3 The aim of this comparative study was to determine the prevalence of non-fatal CVD in patients with PsA compared with patients with RA and to investigate the risk factors of CVD in PsA.

In 2008 a CV questionnaire was sent to all 753 patients with PsA aged 50–75 years registered at our centre.4 As a comparator group, data from 353 randomly selected patients with RA aged 50–75 years (the CARdiovascular research and RhEumatoid arthritis study) were …