Severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disease found to be linked with higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, study reveals
-A group of researchers from the King’s College London studied more than 3.2 million people with different forms of mental illnesses.
-The meta-analysis study examined patients about 92 studies across four continents and 16 different countries.
-As per the study, 10% of people with severe mental illness had cardiovascular disease, with rates slightly higher in schizophrenia (11.8%) and depression (11.7%) than bipolar disorder (8.4%), with a substantially increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease over time.
-The study revealed that people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression were at a higher risk (53%) of cardiovascular disorders compared to the healthy people.
-It was also observed that people with severe mental illnesses were at a higher risk (78%) of dying due to the disease in the long term.
Findings were published in World Psychiatry
Source: World Psychiatry