World Heart Day: Depression Might Cause Cardiovascular Diseases

Here are the symptoms to watch out for...
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It is a known fact that depression and anxiety are on the rise, especially amongst the middle age group. Currently, it is one of the leading causes of health perils across the world. For quite some time now, a link between depression and heart diseases has been observed. Many people have gone through days when they are happy or hopeful about things in life but those feelings only last for a while and gradually you start feeling feel sad, lonely or gloomy. When such features last for more than two weeks increasing in frequency and intensity, it may relate to depression. Like heart diseases, depression is becoming increasingly common; therefore, it’s not unusual to have both conditions together.

According to a study, if a person is depressed then the chances of him/her getting a cardiovascular disease (CVD) is 1.5 to 2, in terms of relative risk. Also, if a person is already suffering from an acute cardiovascular disease (ACAD) and is depressed, then the risk of suffering severe acute cardiovascular disease (ACAD) doubles.

Older adults experiencing psychological distress (depression) or anxiety might have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), says a study. It showed that women who were depressed showed a 44% increased risk of stroke. When a person is depressed, it can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking, consumption of excessive alcohol, irregular diet and lack of physical activity, which in turn can have a larger impact on the overall functioning of the heart.

 

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According to Dr Fabian Almeida, Consultant Psychiatrist, Fortis Hospital Kalyan, cardiovascular diseases and depression are linked to each other in a number of ways and there are few symptoms associated with this. A depressed person might be more likely to do the following:

  1. Excessively consume alcohol, overeat and smoke

  2. Avoids all kinds of exercise and physical activity

  3. Feels stressed most of the time; this can raise the risk of abnormal heart rhythms and high blood pressure

  4. Take medicines incorrectly

  5. Feels bad about himself

  6. Walking or speaking slowly so that other people could take notice

  7. Think of self-harm and suicide

The above factors can have the following impact:

  • Higher risk of getting a heart attack and occurrence of death

  • Slower recovery after getting a heart attack or post a surgery

Therefore, it is vital to work towards keeping both the head and heart healthy, so that you can live a happy and wholesome life.

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