Sunday, 6 April 2014

Depression Increases Heart Disease Risk

Researchers have found depression is strongly linked to increased risk of heart disease apart from affecting an individual emotionally.
In a new study it is said it could risk heart failure by about 40 percent more than the average person. This is one more reason for it to get treated to the earliest.

Results of study conducted by Levanger Hospital in Norway were presented at the European Society of Cardiology held at Stavanger in the country.

The researchers studied about 63,000 people over a period of 11 years to find out the link between depression and heart disease. Monitoring all the subjects for the long period it was found there is strong bond between the two, much stronger than what had been earlier thought.

The study added that during the trial period of 11 years 1,500 subjects suffered heart failure.

Researchers even said the people with mild depression too showed the risk, but in smaller percentage, not more than 5 percent.

Lead author of the study, Lise Tuset Gustad, said depression works in activating stress hormones and this results with speeding up of pulse and breathing. Even, it was found the stress hormones causes inflammation and plaque, which leads to increased risk of heart disease.

Gustad added that probably the depressive people were unable to keep a healthy lifestyle as there is no direct connection found between the depression and bodily changes that could lead to higher heart disease risk.

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