Slim chances for the mentally ill to receive heart attack treatment


According to a research, those who suffer from mental health issues are not going to make top of the list when it comes to receiving treatments such as revascularization, angioplasty, or even a bypass, after suffering from a heart attack.

There were 22 studies conducted and reviewed to reveal that the mentally ill have 14% less chances to receive proper care after suffering from a seizure. People who suffer from schizophrenia stood even less chances of receiving proper care – exactly 47% less that normal people.

The researchers who conducted the studies also revealed that the ones who got acute coronary problems had 11% more chances of dying than those who are not mentally ill.
Both the University of Leicester and the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute in Australia worked together to reveal the findings, which were published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

The joint British-Australian report revealed that: “One possible explanation is the physicians do not offer procedures to those with mental illness because these individuals have poorer uptake of care. Another possibility is that the needs of those with mental illness are crowded out by the focus on mental concerns or other medical factors which may lead physicians to think that procedures are not a priority in this group. There is also a question whether people with severe mental illness follow through with advice they are given.”

825,000 people were subjected to the study. The number includes both those who have and those who don’t have mental illnesses. Natasha Steward, who is a senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, believes that this research backs up the fact that the mentally disordered people suffer even more due to their susceptibility to an early death caused by heart attack.

This only shows how important professional care is, and that mental health is directly related to other physical related illnesses. There is much to be learned about the frailty of the mentally ill so studies still need to be carried out.


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