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Screen Depressed Teens for Heart Disease, Experts Say

Depression and bipolar disease can put teens at a significantly higher risk of heart disease, so adolescents with mood disorders need to get extra screening, the American Heart Association said Monday. Having depression or bipolar disease can mean anyone eats poorly and fails to exercise properly - both of which can raise heart disease risks.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

It’s nice to see that inflammation is being mentioned to a greater extent as an underlying cause of depression.  Rather than screening for heart disease, I would recommend giving more omega-3 fatty acids to treat both the depression and cardiovascular risk factors simultaneously.

 

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