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June 28, 2000

Cardiovascular Procedures in Patients With Mental Disorders

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(24):3198-3199. doi:10.1001/jama.283.24.3198

To the Editor: In their study of the association of mental disorders with use of cardiovascular procedures after myocardial infarction, Dr Druss and colleagues1 conclude that elderly patients (aged 65 years and older) with mental illness are less likely to undergo coronary artery catheterization or revascularization than those without mental illness. We conducted a study to determine whether these findings can be generalized to patients of all ages.