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.