If you find yourself at the battlefront of mental health challenges, you are highly likely to suffer some type of heart disease or stroke. A study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress is the source of this finding.
Lead author of the study, Dr. Katie Goldie, said that the population is at a very high risk of suffering heart disease or stroke and the risk is even greater for someone with mental health issues. Dr. Goldie explored and analysed data from the Canadian Community Health Survey to find the possibilities of associations between cardiovascular risk and disease use of psychiatric medication and mental health disorders.
The study revealed the following:
She added that the stigma that is associated with mental illness also affects the care that healthcare professionals provide. According to Dr. Goldie, people with mental health problems are less likely to receive risk-reducing drug therapies or go through coronary procedures such as bypass surgery.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson Dr. Brian Bake, a psychiatrist who specializes in people with heart diseases, said that it is very important for people to be given treatment for their mental health issues and for them to proactively speak with their doctors.
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