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Patients with severe mental illness have greatly increased cardiovascular risk, study finds

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 15 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2339
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Patients with severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder, have 53% higher odds of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than matched controls without these conditions, a large meta-analysis has found.1

Life expectancy in people with severe mental illness is shorter by 10.0-17.5 years than among the general population, and CVD is one of the major contributors to early deaths. Previous studies have shown increased risk of CVD in people with severe …

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