People with mental disabilities twice as likely to have heart disease or stroke.

There is a significance likelihood for people with mental disabilities to get stroke or heart disease. This risk is even more profound among people with mental health diseases. According to recent studies released at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, it was established that:
• People with a history of psychiatric medication use are twice as likely to have heart disease as compared to those that have not.
• People who have never developed heart disease or had stroke have a likelihood of being at long term risk or developing cardiovascular complications as compared to the general populace.
• Individuals who have never had a heart disease will most likely develop a heart complication or a stroke.
• It has also been said that people with psychiatric issues can also have other health issues due to neglect link obesity, skin cancers and even dental issues (according to Zest Dental Ringwood).
Study sample.
This study was done on a selective sample of the population and included people that had mental conditions such as bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, major depression, and schizophrenia among others. In addition to that, a study was also done on users of psychiatric drugs such as antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs, mood stabilizers and benzodiazepine.
Why the elevated risks?
The question is why there is more prevalence among people with these conditions than the general public.
Primarily, individuals with mental disorders more often than not show behavioral risk factors such as poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco and alcohol use. The study for instance shows that about 50-90% of people with mental health disorders use tobacco as compared to 20% of the general population.
Another issue that contributes to increased risk is that Psychiatric medication can trigger weight gain by incapacitating the breakdown of sugars and fats in the body. This can lead to diabetes, high cholesterol levels and obesity.
There is limited access to proper health care by people with mental health conditions. This is because the individual might fail to see the need or might be unable to communicate their health needs. This is a great risk if measure are not taken to streamline and bridge the separation that exists between primary and mental health care. Then there is the stigma that these people face from the providers of health services. It is therefore important that more attention is given to patients with mental disorders and that they have access to risk-reducing drug therapies and coronary procedures like bypass surgeries.
With cardiovascular diseases and stroke, the preventive measures are just the same across board. That means that the same measures that would apply to mentally healthy individuals will also apply to those with mental health conditions. This means eating healthy meals, physical activity, avoiding smoking and other narcotics, stress management and not drinking alcohol. These measures are not only good in reducing risks of cardiovascular diseases but are also beneficial to the physical and mental health too.
Continued check up with the doctor is very important especially when using medication for mental health conditions. Although the risks of these drugs are generally outweighed by the benefits, it may not be true for every other patient.