Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: The data of Drs Young and Foster
demonstrate that patients with mental disorders who are younger than 65 years
have low rates of cardiovascular procedures similar to that of those aged
65 years and older. The increased in-hospital mortality among younger patients
with mental disorders is consistent with the literature demonstrating excess
cardiovascular mortality in this population.1
The juxtaposition of these 2 findings raises the important question of whether,
or to what degree, differences in these patients' cardiac care might mediate
that excess mortality.
Druss BG. Cardiovascular Procedures in Patients With Mental Disorders—Reply. JAMA. 2000;283(24):3198–3199. doi:10.1001/jama.283.24.3198
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