Men with heart failure have worse long-term survival rates if they have severe depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, according to a new study that urges doctors to change the way they treat people with mental disorders.
Previous research shows people with these conditions have an earlier onset of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart attack. But little was known about how heart failure, in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs, figures into the equation. The new study was published Sept. 30 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure.
Researchers looked at more than 20,000 people with heart failure in the Duke University Health System from 2002 to 2017. During a median follow-up of seven years, men with severe depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia were 36% more likely to die from any cause than those