Heart Attack More Likely in Those With Schizophrenia

Are schizophrenia patients more in danger from a heart attack than the general population? According to scientists from Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Toronto, Ontario, the risk of death from a heart attack is indeed higher in those with schizophrenia.

In general, factors such as smoking, a higher occurrence of diabetes, and other issues associated with antipsychotic medications mean those living with schizophrenia have an average lifespan 20 years shorter than the general population. As well, those with the illness tend to not make necessary lifestyle changes after a cardiac condition to improve their health.

by Written by Antonietta Petrella, Mental Wellness Today

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