Washington: People with schizophrenia are at a higher risk for heart attack than those not saddled with the condition, according to a new study.On average, people with schizophrenia have a lifespan 20 years shorter than the general population.This is partly due to factors such as smoking, increased rates of diabetes, and metabolic problems brought on by the use of some antipsychotic medications.These factors often worsen once a cardiac condition arises because people with schizophrenia are less likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, to offset the problem.This study examined mortality and access to cardiac care after heart attacks (acute myocardial infarction) in those with schizophrenia.
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