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Can Depression Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease?

Depression is a mood disorder that results in loss of interest in any work.

People go through depression at different paces according to their stress levels and cognitive strength. Depression might be called a feeling of sadness or blue vibes, but actually, it is a vast rabbit hole of physical and mental illness.

We have known that depression results in mental and physical deterioration. But did you know that depression can also put your heart health at risk?

Unhealthy behaviors like trauma, stress, anxiety, or eating disorders can affect your heart health.

Depression often influences people to adopt unhealthy habits like alcoholism, dipsomania, or chemical or substance abuse.

These consumptions directly affect your heart health.

Understanding the Link between Depression and Heart Health:

General depression and stress can cause cardiac arrests — even to individuals who have never experienced a heart problem.

This case could be vice-versa as well. People who have a history of heart disease might develop depression due to their deteriorating health condition and the pain they go through daily.

Skipping the prescribed medications too plays a crucial role in developing depression.

Depression and heart diseases also share some same symptoms like fatigue, sleep disorder, and loss of energy.

Major Heart Diseases caused by Depression:

Cardiac Arrest: Cardiac arrest is the most common yet life-threatening disease caused by depression. Commonly known as a Heart Attack, this event occurs when there is a blockage of blood flow to the heart muscle.

This can result in the feeling of extreme tiredness and loss of appetite.

A heart attack, in some cases, can also result in instant death.

Coronary Artery Disease: A coronary heart disease dwells when the major arteries in our body narrow down and fail to supply blood to the heart and back to the body. This results in acute chest pains.

Blood Clots: Depression can cause the platelets to stick and clot. This results in a decreased rate of blood circulation.

Here's How to Improve Your Heart Health:

Even a few lifestyle changes can improve your heart health and reduce the chances of depression.

Some of them include:

  1. Balanced Diet:A healthy and balanced diet provides you with enough nutrition to retain energy throughout the day.
  2. Regular Exercises: Exercise is a great way to engage yourself in activities that improve your physical health and flexibility. It also boosts your blood flow.
  3. Detach from Unhealthy Habits: Try to stop yourself from substance abuse. Addiction hurts your mental, physical, and heart health.
  4. Stress Relieving: Show interest in activities and adventures that can help you take a break from your stressful lifestyle. Breathing exercises and meditation can help. Also, try to get a healthy amount of sleep.

Let's Wrap It Up:

These basic lifestyle changes can help in physical and mental detox and reduce the risk of depression and heart diseases.

Here's a reminder: Treat depression just the same way as you treat any other physical disease. It is not just in your head. It can affect your body and lifestyle as well.

Need more help?

Corrielus Cardiology is here for you.

Our team can help you lead a healthy lifestyle and treat symptoms of depression and anxiety.

So, do not wait any further.

Your health should be your priority.

Make an appointment today.



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