Rosacea sufferers have higher cardio vascular disease risk

Written by on July 18, 2018 in research with 1 Comment
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Rosacea sufferers are suffocating under a pile of research that suggests we are at higher risk of an ever growing list of diseases.

This time rosacea sufferers are being told that they have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared to non-rosacea sufferers. Here’s what you need to know.

Firstly, this research appears to fit firmly in the question “which came first – the chicken or the egg?” category. About 100 rosacea sufferers and 100 non rosacea sufferers were examined to assess their risk of developing cardio-vascular problems.

The rosacea sufferers were found to have a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared to the non rosacea sufferers.

Whilst the rosacea sufferers were age and sex matched to the non-disease group, the rosacea sufferers were found to have a larger BMI than the non-rosacea sufferers.

By using the standard measures for cardio-vascular risk, researchers were able to determine that the rosacea sufferers faced a statistically significant higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared to non-rosacea sufferers.

Researchers also considered the family history of heart disease, levels of cholesterol and c-reactive proteins.

What does this prove?

No concrete conclusions were possible from this study, but we are left with;

Although the underlying mechanism is not clear, it is thought that chronic inflammation and disregulation of innate immune system increase risk of cardiovascular disease in rosacea patients.”

Until it becomes clear what the link is between an increased heart disease risk and suffering from rosacea, there is no need for alarm. Keep an eye on your risk for major health issues regardless of your rosacea diagnosis.

There is more

This research comes after a recent series of papers investigating possible links between rosacea and kidney disease, dementia, and Parkinson’s Disease to mention a few. Whilst statistics may be able point out events that seem likely to occur together, they can’t tell us why.

The hard research, to find out the significance of these connections, is yet to be done. Stay tuned.

Article Abstract

Investigation of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Rosacea Patients

The American Journal of Cardiology, Volume 121, Issue 8, Supplement, 15 April 2018, Pages e105-e106

Objective: This study aimed to investigate the risk of cardiovascular disease in rosacea patients.

Methods: This study included 96 rosacea patients and 93 age and gender matched control patients who applied to dermatology outpatient clinic.

Patients in the rosacea and control groups were examined for demographics, medical history and the presence of associated cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Laboratory investigations including fasting blood glucose, triglyceride, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and C-reactive protein levels were recorded in the rosacea and control groups.

Results: 97 rosacea patients (78 female and 19 male) and 93 control patients (71 female and 22 male) were included in the study.

Body mass index higher in the patient group than the control group. Total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, fasting blood glucose and C-reactive protein levels were higher in the patient group than the control group.

When the cardiovascular disease risk factors were evaluated between patient and control groups; obesity, prediabetes, family history of premature cardivascular disease and high C-reactive protein levels in the patient group was significantly higher than the control group.

There was no difference between patient and control groups in terms of over 65 years old, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, smoking and alcohol consumption.

Conclusions: In this study, significant cardiovascular disease risk factors such as a family history of premature cardiovascular disease, obesity, prediabetes and high C-reactive protein levels were found to be higher in rosacea patients than controls.

Although the underlying mechanism is not clear, it is thought that chronic inflammation and disregulation of innate immune system increase risk of cardiovascular disease in rosacea patients.

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About the Author: David Pascoe started the Rosacea Support Group in October 1998. .

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1 Reader Comment

  1. Joey Virgo says:

    This article is sickeningly scary and stupid. Why bother frightening people and at the same time say there’s nothing to worry about? The author here obviously is a sadist.

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