A large study conducted at King’s College London has found that having a serious mental illness (SMI) significantly increases the risk of premature death from heart disease.
Researchers who analysed data on more than three-million patients found significant links between cardiovascular disease and conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression.
“These findings are a stark reminder that people with SMI are being left behind, at a time when the health of the general population as a whole appears to be benefiting from public health initiatives to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.
We found that the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in people with severe mental illness (SMI) was higher in more recent studies, which suggests that our efforts so far have been unsuccessful in reducing the health gap between people with SMI and the general population.”
– DR BRENDON STUBBS, KINGS COLLEGE LONDON
People with severe mental illness (SMI) were up to 78% more likely to suffer from damaged hearts and arteries than healthy individuals. Whilst the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was 85% higher in people with SMIs.