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Depression Boosts Coronary Heart Disease Risks

…4 Ways to Lower the Risk

 

By Dr. Michael Shery

Researchers reviewed data on nearly 45,000 patients admitted to a hospital for depression and found that 1,916 of them developed coronary heart disease (CHD).

Across all age and gender groups, people diagnosed with depression were 1.5 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than people who hadn't been diagnosed with depression.

Depressed individuals from 25 to 39 years old, were three times more likely to develop coronary heart disease. Young to middle aged people hospitalized for depression had a high risk of developing CHD.

Patients with depression are more likely to suffer heart attacks and heart failure, and more likely to die of heart disease.

In fact, women with mild and moderate depression are 50 percent more likely to have heart attacks than other women.

Research suggests that psychological problems can both contribute to the development of heart disease and aggravate it after it develops.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers advice on how to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (familydoctor.org):

·         When primary healthcare teams meet patients with depression, it is important that they treat depression as an additional individual and independent CHD factor.

·         Patients with clinical depression should be given not only short-term treatment, but also maintenance therapy to prevent relapses and recurrences of depression.

·         14 percent of the depressed patients reported they didn't take their medications as prescribed over a 30-day period, compared with 5 percent of the non-depressed patients.  Missed medications and elevated stress hormone levels may help explain the link between depression and poor outcomes in coronary heart disease patients. A medication phone review and coaching program to encourage medication compliance should be implemented.

·         Only about one third of patients who reported the symptoms said they'd been treated by a mental-health provider.  Primary care physicians and cardiologists must become more skilled in identifying and referring those patients in need.

On the bright side, doctors have more tools to treat psychological problems and nurses and other staff members could help screen patients before they meet with cardiologists.

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