The Cause of Increased Heart Disease (cardiovascular disease) in patients with schizophrenia: current perspectives

Take Home Message: Talk to your doctor about Diabetes and Heart Disease Risks and what you can do to lower them - every time you see your doctor, And work to lower the risk factors you have control over.

Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality are important problems among patients with schizophrenia. A wide spectrum of reasons, ranging from genes to the environment, are held responsible for causing the cardiovascular risk factors that may lead to shortening the life expectancy of patients with schizophrenia.

It seems logical to increase cooperation and shared care between the different health care professionals to screen and treat cardiovascular disease (CVD)-risk factors, Metobolic disorders, and diabetes in patients with psychiatric disorders, because some risk factors are avoidable or at least modifiable to decrease high mortality in schizophrenia.

We suggested that future research should focus on conducting an integrated system of studies based on a holistic biopsychosocial evaluation.

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