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Both major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder should be recognized as tier 2 moderate risk factors for atherosclerosis and early cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statemen.

This means clinicians should closely monitor all young patients with mood disorders regardless of medication use, notes the statement. It was published online August 10, 2015 in Circulation and is an update to 2011 recommendations from an AHA panel on CV health and various pediatric conditions.

 

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/849312