Depressed Women Ages 55 and Under at Higher Risk of Adverse Events from Heart Disease
Research in the Journal of the American Heart Association (AHA) reports a link between depression in women 55 and under and life-threatening adverse events from heart disease. They’re more at risk of heart attack, death and undergoing a procedure that requires opening up an artery.
According to new research, women with moderate to severe depression have the highest risk of these adverse events. The group is also at higher risk of depression to begin with.
These findings stem from analyzing 3,237 men and women with symptoms of depression and suspected or known heart disease. The results showed that women ages 55 and under were twice as likely to die, suffer a heart attack or require an artery-opening procedure.
The connection between depression and heart disease is an important consideration for younger and middle-aged women. Recognizing they’re at greater risk of suffering depression is one factor. But with the potential to also increase risk of adverse events stemming from heart disease, it’s important to seek help.
This isn’t the first time the AHA has recognized a link between depression and heart disease. Just as diabetes and high blood pressure are risk factors for heart disease, back in 2008 the AHA suggested adding depression to the list. With these newest findings, it appears to be an especially important issue for younger and middle-aged women.
In themselves, heart disease and severe depression can cause debilitating symptoms. Some symptoms may prevent the individual from performing daily routine tasks or even working. But combined, it could especially alter an individual’s life. In some cases, it may even warrant seeking disability benefits. For help filing an initial application for Social Security disability or appealing a denied claim, contact a representative today. Disability Help Group can help. Call 1-(800)-800-3332.