Protecting the heart while treating the mind

Published: November, 2007

Preventing and treating heart disease in people with schizophrenia

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and it's about twice as deadly for people with schizophrenia compared with other Americans. While roughly 30% of people in the general population die from heart attacks or other complications of heart disease, anywhere from 50% to 75% of people with schizophrenia do.

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