Severe Forms of Mental Illnesses Tied With Increased Risk Of Cardiovascular Diseases

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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 

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