People with serious mental health conditions are at greater risk for heart disease, according to a new study. File Photo by hywards/Shutterstock
People with serious mental illness have up to double the risk of heart disease, and should have their heart health monitored from a young age, a new study finds.
Specifically, those mental health issues are bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.
“Previous research has indicated that people diagnosed with a serious mental illness die 10-20 years earlier than the general population, and their leading cause of death is heart disease,” said lead author Dr. Rebecca Rossom.