Patients with bipolar disorder may have increased risk for hypertension

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According to findings reported by Dale D’Mello, MD, of Michigan State University, and colleagues, at a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, patients with bipolar disorder may be at risk for high blood pressure. In general populations the instance of hypertension is around 30.5%; however, findings from the single-center study showed a hypertension prevalence of 45% in those with bipolar disorder. “Our study suggests the possibility of a link… between bipolar and hypertension,” D’Mello asserted. Previous studies have shown an association between bipolar disorder and a variety of cardiometabolic disorders; however, the mechanisms causing the association have been unclear. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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