Early psychosis: A critical period for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease
Early psychosis: A critical period for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of premature mortality among people with psychosis, and intensive efforts should be made to mitigate risks associated with antipsychotic medications, especially among youth and young adults with a first episode of psychosis.
- Integrating Health and Wellness into FEP care. Despite increased risk, the rate of monitoring BMI, blood pressure, glucose, lipids, and smoking status is low among patients prescribed antipsychotics. Providers lack of resources to obtain cardiovascular disease risk measurements, limited support for ensuring that monitoring is completed, and lack of follow-up protocols. Our current project aims to develop a population management approach to identifying and addressing CVD risk in FEP teams in WA state. Funding sources: Anonymous donors.