The connection between mood disorders like depression and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease are “well established,” and a robust, albeit slightly contentious, literature connects cardiovascular disease with anxiety disorders. However, information is limited on the link between cardiovascular disease and other psychiatric disorders, noted Simon Bacon, MSc, PhD, of Concordia University in Montreal, in an accompanying editorial.
Clinically-confirmed stress conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or acute stress reaction, may be linked to an increased cardiovascular disease risk, a sibling-controlled study in Sweden showed. Cardiovascular disease was most common among such patients, at 10.5 per 1,000 person-years compared with 8.4 and 6.9 per 1,000 person-years for unaffected full siblings and for the matched unexposed individuals, respectively, over up to 27 years of follow-up.
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