Depression, anxiety and stress not only damage our mental health but also they may lead to angina pain and discomfort. Frequent depression rises the risk of heart disease over and above any genetic risks common to depression and heart disease. Furthermore, diabetes, high choresterol or obesity are also the result of depression.

 

Stressful emotions cause an increase of such hormones in the body which in turn are responsible for high blood pressure, faster heart rate which in other words mean more heart work In addition, an unmanaged stress can lead to high arterial damage, irregular heart rhythms, a weakened immune system and an increased platelet reactivity.All of these symptoms can contribute to an increased risk of heart attack and coronary diseases.

 

As it is established, for people with heart disease, a prolonged untreated depression can increase the risk of an adverse cardiac event such as a heart attack or blood clots. In the similar way, for people who do not have heart disease, depression can also increase the risk of a heart attack and development of coronary artery disease. For instant, let’s take the case of identical twins who automatically are matched by age. They normally grow up in the same family environment and they share identical DNA.”If one twin has depression, but his twin brother does not, both twins will share genetic vulnerability for depression, but it turns out the twin who was not depressed has less risk for heart disease,” says Scherrer.

 

It is seen that negative lifestyle habits associated with depression, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, poor eating habits and lack of social support, interfere with the treatment for heart disease. Not only this, but a depressed person also doesn’t feel motivated to exercise, make healthy changes and to comply with medical treatment that in turn worsen the condition if a depressed person is a heart patient too.

 

Fortunately, for patients with known history of heart problem, treating depression before heart attack occurs really makes a difference. Though treating depression after a heart attack may help a person feel better and be less socially isolated, but does not seem to lower the risk of a second heart attack.

 

The more attacks a patient has, the more depressed he or she may become, which again may affect the arteries and heart. Patients may enter a vicious cycle of angina pain or discomfort and decreased well-being. A healthy lifestyle including regular exercise, proper sleeping and eating habits, as well as relaxation and stress management techniques can help one manage depression.

 

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