Severe mental illness ‘doubles risk of CV death’

A review suggests the mortality gap with the general population has been widening over recent decades
Mental health

People with severe mental illness in countries like Australia have about twice the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with the general population, a review shows.

The systematic review and meta-analysis across 108 studies, involving more than 30 million people, found those with severe mental illness — including schizophrenia, other psychoses and bipolar disorder (BD) — fared worse for heart disease and stroke, and the gap was worsening.