For quite some time now, a link between depression and heart disease has been observed. Like heart disease, 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 cardiovascular disease (CVD) is 1.5 to 2, in terms of relative risk. Also, if a person is already suffering from acute cardiovascular disease (ACAD) and is depressed, then the risk of suffering severe ACAD doubles,” said Dr. Zakia Khan of Fortis Hospital, Kalyan.
A depressed person is more prone to lead an unhealthy lifestyle and according to Dr Fabian Almeida of Fortis Hospital Kalyan, it can, in turn, have a larger impact on the overall functioning of the heart. A depressed person might be more likely to do the following:
• Excessively consume alcohol, overeat and smoke
• Avoid all kinds of exercise and physical activity
• Feel stressed most of the time; this can raise the risk of abnormal heart rhythms and high blood pressure
• Take medicines incorrectly
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 the heart healthy, so that you can live a happy and wholesome life.