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By Nathaniel P. Morris

February 18, 2017

 

 

Cardiovascular disease and mental illness are among the top contributors to

death and disability in the United States. At first glance, these health

conditions seem to lie at opposite ends of the medical spectrum: Treating

the heart is often associated with lab draws, imaging and invasive

procedures, whereas treating the mind conjures up notions of talk therapy

and subjective checklists.

 

Yet researchers are discovering some surprising ties between cardiac health

and mental health. These connections have profound implications for patient

care, and doctors are paying attention.