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Proper Treatment of Depression Could Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Moderate to severe depression can be a critical risk to your overall health. When left untreated, depression can lead to a higher risk of serious health conditions. A recent study found a connection between cardiovascular health and treatment of depression.

Doctors at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah reviewed the health of 5,000 heart patients with moderate to severe depression. They asked participants about their mood, sleep patterns, and appetite to determine their level of depression.

The research showed that participants who took antidepressant medication to treat their depression had a lower risk of death, coronary artery disease, and stroke compared to those who did not take antidepressants. The researchers tracked the participants’ treatment, depression, and heart health over a three-year period.

While the study was not designed to discover a connection between depression and heart health, researchers are now looking to find the most effective medication combinations to help patients suffering from both conditions. Researchers found a stronger association between treating severe cases of depression compared to use of statin drugs to reduce the patient’s cardiovascular risk.

One of the reasons Dr. Heidi May, lead author of the study, believes alleviating depression improves heart health is an increase in positive behavioral changes. “Antidepressants might have relevant physiological benefits,” she said, “but I also think the behavioral changes that improve a person’s mood can also improve cardiovascular health.”

Depression can cause a person to eat and sleep poorly as well as avoid exercise and regular physical activity. The poor lifestyle habits of many patients with depression may play a role in contributing to poor heart health.

Many disabling conditions have a physical and mental component that can make returning to work or continuing to work extremely difficult. For many, depression and other health conditions can prevent them from working and earning a substantial income. If you fall into this category, Disability Help Group is here to help. Contact us today for assistance and support for your Social Security disability claim. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.