Calls to a mental health hotline in Israel doubled during the recent crisis, with many callers expressing anxiety about conditions within Israel. (photo credit: GETTY IMAGES/JTA)People diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder may be more susceptible to high-risk heart disorders at a younger age, a new study published in the American Heart Association Journal has discovered.

The study was first published on March 9 and was led by Dr. Rebecca C. Rossom, a senior research investigator in behavioral health at the Center for Chronic Care Innovation at HealthPartners Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The research team examined the estimated 10-year and 30-year cardiovascular (CVD) risk in primary care patients with and without serious mental illness (SMI).

Close to 600,000 adults in the US between the ages of 18-75 were included in the initial stage of the study, which took place in Minnesota and Wisconsin between January 2016-September 2018. Analysing the subjects during primary care visits, the researchers then placed them into groups depending on whether they had been diagnosed with SMI or not.

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