Study links anti-depressants to narrowed arteries in "older men"
A cardiology fellow at Emory University presented a study involving 513 twin male patients at the American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans this month. The study compared the artery thickness of twins who were taking anti-depressants with the artery thickness of twins who were not taking anti-depressants. It found that the carotid arteries of men (average age of 55) taking Lexapro, Cymbalta, or Zoloft, were 41 microns thicker than their non-medicated twins. The authors explained that 41 microns would represent about four years of advanced aging, or thickening of the measured arteries.