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Cardiometabolic risk indicators at 18-64 years in Australians with psychosis

Dr Debra Foley

Individuals with psychosis have an elevated risk for heart disease and are more likely to die prematurely from heart disease than the general population. The age at which cardiovascular risk indicators are first elevated relative to the general population is unknown. 

Mean waist circumference, BMI, blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, LDL, HDL and total cholesterol were plotted by age and sex in a representative sample of 1,642 individuals with psychosis (aged 18+) who were in contact with mental health services and 11,247 controls (aged 25+) from the general population. Correlations between risk indicators were compared between samples. 

12th Biennial Australasian Schizophrenia Conference
13-14 May 2013 Melbourne, Australia.
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Dr Debra Foley

Dr Debra Foley is a Senior Lecturer at the Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and the Centre for Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne and Deputy Director of the Australian Twin Registry. Following completion of her doctorate at La Trobe University, Dr Foley worked at the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria before moving to the USA to undertake post-doctoral training in psychiatric genetics. Dr Foley spent a decade working at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics which is a part of the Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2006 Dr Foley returned to Australia to work at the Orygen Youth Health Research Centre where she heads the Applied Genetics Unit.



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