Heart disease

What is heart disease in bipolar disorder?

People with bipolar disorder show increased rates of co-occurring conditions. Heart disease is a common co-occurring disorder. It is unclear if the increased risk of heart disease is a consequence of the metabolic impact of medications or unhealthy lifestyle choices, or most likely, a combination of both.

What is the evidence for heart disease in people with bipolar disorder?

Moderate quality evidence suggests small increased risks of cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, and death due to cardiovascular disease in people with the disorder compared to people without the disorder. These findings were adjusted for other variables that may have explained the increased risks. Moderate to low quality evidence also suggests a large effect of reduced heart rate variability in people with bipolar disorder. High quality evidence finds no increases in rates of myocardial infarction.

October 2021

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Last updated at: 12:41 am, 26th October 2021
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