Journal article

Primary care prevention of the cardiovascular health crisis for people with severe mental illnesses The elephant in the room

Victoria J Palmer, Matthew Lewis, Vasilios Stylianopolous, John Furler

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2018

Abstract

Background: People living with psychosis, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depressive disorders and other delusional disorders, collectively termed ‘severe mental illness’ (SMI), are at increased risk of dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease (CVD). The risk factors associated with this reduced life expectancy are largely modifiable. Objective: The aim of this paper is to provide summative evidence of some of the known effective interventions that may reduce cardiovascular risk in people living with SMI. Discussion: Pharmacological and nonpharmacological interventions are available and can be used in primary care for CVD risk reduction in people with SMI. Trials of pharmacologic..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The work is funded by an NHMRC Project Grant 2018-2022 (APP1141344) 'Assertive care: A randomised controlled trial to reduce cardiovascular risk for people with severe mental illness'. The named investigator team for the grant includes: Dr Victoria Palmer, Professor Jane Gunn, Professor Carol Harvey, Associate Professor John Furler, Professor David Osborn, Dr Sandra Davidson, Dr Mahesh Jayaram, Dr Patty Chondros, Professor Amanda Kenny. Associate investigators: Professor Mark Nelson, Professor Stephen Harrap, Professor David Castle, Professor Vera Morgan, Professor Stewart Mercer.