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Serious mental illness tied to increased CV risk, starting in young adulthood


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Journal of the American Heart Association
Reuters Health - 16/03/2022 - Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder are all associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease at younger ages, a medical records analysis suggests. "While we expected, based on previous literature, that people with serious mental illness (SMI) would have increased CV risk, we were surprised to see even the 30-year risk estimates, which are used for people ages 18-59 without heart disease, were significantly elevated for in people with SMI compared to people without," Dr. Rebecca Rossom of HealthPartners Institute in Minneapolis told Reuters Health by email. "This finding emphasized the importance of treating CV risk at young ages for those with SMI." "Waiting until age 40 to screen for CV risk, which is when the more commonly used 10-year risk equations are used, is simply too late," she said. "People with SMI die 10-20 years earlier than their peers, and their leading cause of death is CV disease...


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