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Mental Health Linked to Risk of Heart Failure

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

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Medline Plus reports that according to a new study published in the Jan. 25 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a person’s mental health may be linked to their risk of heart failure.

Due to these findings researchers indicate that patients who are having heart problems may benefit from undergoing routine mental health screening. In comparison to those patients who were able to manage their depression, those who had not faced twice the risk of developing further problems.

The findings show that patients suffering from depression and heart failure have a greater chance of needing cardiac surgery or being hospitalized, along with the chance of suffering a stroke or heart attack.

The American Heart Association already has recommendations that heart failure patients undergo screening for depression. It is estimated that 24 to 42% of the more than 5 million people in the United States who have heart problems also have depression.

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