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TUESDAY, Sept. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Veterans who suffer from depression, anxiety, psychosis or bipolar disorder are more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or die from heart disease, a new study finds.
The findings were published Sept. 24 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
"The bottom line is that when considering a veteran's health care needs, mental health status, especially for more severe mental illnesses, should be taken into consideration when calculating cardiovascular disease risk and considering the appropriate treatment options," study lead author Dr. Mary Vance said in a journal news release.
She's an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md.
For the study, Vance and her team collected data on more than 1.6 million vets. Among the participants, 45% of the men and 63% of the women were diagnosed with a mental health disorder. They ranged in age from 45 to 80.
After accounting for factors such as age, blood pressure, cholesterol and psychiatric medications, the researchers found that veterans with mental health conditions other than post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) had a higher risk for heart attack, stroke and death over five years.
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