Depression Is Just As Bad For The Cardiovascular Health As Obesity
According to German doctors, depression may be one of the top causes of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases. Namely, a new German study shows that this mental disease is dangerous for the heart as much as obesity and high blood pressure.
Depression is a mental condition that reflects the feelings of dejection and despondency. New research shows that it causes about 15 percent of all heart problems. In addition, obesity causes about 21 percent and high pressure about 4.8 percent of all heart problems. Other great risk for the development of cardiovascular diseases is smoking.
Depression, A Major Risk For The Heart Health
This mental disease is linked to many risks of the physical health. Some of them are chronic pain, digestive disorders, stroke, and even premature death. Now, it’s also identified as one of the biggest dangers for the health of the human heart. People start to recognize it as a major culprit of many cardiovascular diseases.
What’s interesting is that the relationship is two sided. When compared to the general population, people who have heart problems are more likely to be depressive, while physically healthy, but depressive people are more susceptible to the development of heart diseases.
The lead researcher of the German study, Professor Karl-Heinz Ludwig, from the Technical University in Munich, says that depression is a major risk factor for the development of cardiovascular diseases. The research was conducted on 3,500 men, between 45 and 74 years of age, in a period of 10 years, gathering information for their mental and physical health. The researchers analyzed the data, comparing all risk factors of heart diseases, including depression.
The analysis of the German study showed that this mental disease is the main culprit of about 15 percent of cardiovascular deaths.
Doctors point out that this information is very important, since depression affects about 350 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. These numbers make it a very common mental disorder.
Luckily, it’s treatable. There are many effective psychological treatments, such as interpersonal psychotherapy, behavioral activation, or antidepressant medication. It’s best to contact your doctor and a psychologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.