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Depression, Bipolar Disorder May Put Youth at Greater Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued a scientific statement recommending that major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BD) in teens be considered independent risk factors for early-onset cardiovascular disease. As a result, experts recommend that adolescents with these mood disorders receive early monitoring for heart and blood vessel problems, particularly if they are taking mood disorder medications that can have adverse metabolic effects.Based on a review of the published research, the AHA expert panel found sufficient evidence to classify MDD and BD as tier II conditions—those “shown to...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Monday, 17 August, 2015

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