Association between suicide and cardiovascular disease: time series of 27 years

Int J Cardiol. 2009 Jun 26;135(2):261-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2008.03.034. Epub 2008 Jun 24.


Despite several proatherogenic characteristics distinguish subjects who commit suicide, it remains unclear whether or not the incidence of suicide and cardiovascular disease are related. Between 1979 and 2005, a total of 3,364,908 deaths were reported from suicide, ischemic heart disease, or stroke of individuals who were 40 years or older. The incidence of deaths from suicide was positively correlated with those from ischemic heart disease (r=0.95;p<0.0001) and stroke (r=0.92;p<0.0001). No such correlation was found between suicides and deaths from other non-cardiovascular or non-atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases. This study calls attention for the existence of an association between suicide behavior and cardiovascular risk.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Brazil / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Ischemia / mortality*
  • Stroke / mortality*
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*