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Impact of Atrial Fibrillation on Cognitive Function, Psychological Distress, Quality of Life, and Impulsiveness

Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and a known risk factor for cerebrovascular stroke. Atrial fibrillation and longstanding hypertension may produce ischemic lesions leading to progressive cognitive impairment. The impact of atrial fibrillation alone on cognitive impairment has not been evaluated. Our objective was to compare cognitive function, quality of life, psychological distress, […]

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Mental Health and Cardiovascular Disease

For centuries, the mind–body relationship has been postulated. These findings suggest that depression and anxiety are not simply “in the mind.” They are real illnesses, like any other physical illnesses, and can negatively impact the entire body, including the cardiovascular system. Despite the abundance of investigation and demonstration of a clear relationship between mental health […]

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How Physicians Can Reduce Suicide—Without Changing Anyone’s Mental Health

Suicide is the leading cause of injury death in the US, and its rate has increased in recent years. On an average day, over 115 Americans take their lives. A typical physician’s patient is more likely to die from suicide than from motor vehicle crashes, falls, unintentional overdose, or homicide. Most people who die by suicide […]

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Medical Complications of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are serious psychiatric illnesses related to disordered eating and distorted body images. They both have significant medical complications associated with the weight loss and malnutrition of anorexia nervosa, as well as from the purging behaviors that characterize bulimia nervosa. No body system is spared from the adverse sequelae of these […]

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Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia (video)

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia are serious eating disorders that can cause long-term negative health consequences– even death. Read more about the medical complications of these conditions in the January 2016 issue of AJM.

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