Depression Treatment Could Reduce Heart Disease Threat: Study
If you are suffering from depression and taking medicine to treat depression, it is less likely that you will die due to depression or heart attack. This is the conclusion of a study that analyzed as many as five thousand patients with severe or moderate depression history.
Researchers claim that they analyzed these people for at least three years. The people behind this study claims that those people who were undergoing propter treatment and taking antidepressants had a lower case of heart diseases or stroke and death from other cardiovascular issues.
While talking about the study lead author Dr. Heidi May says â€œAntidepressants were not associated with a reduced cardiovascular risk in people with little or no depression, but in moderately to severely depressed people, antidepressants were shown to significantly improve cardiovascular outcomesâ€. Heidi May is associated with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake.
May is going to announce the detailed findings of the study at the American Academy of Cardiology. Researchers claim that the survey questionnaires of the 26,000 patients that came through the center over the past three years, found 5,311 had some form of a mental illness. They also claim that the 20 percent showed moderate to severe depression, while the remaining 21,000 patients did not screen for depression symptoms on the 9-question depression survey.
Dr. May while talking about the findings says, â€œThis study demonstrates the importance of evaluating patients for depression, not only in terms of improving their mood, but reducing their risk for heart diseaseâ€¦We thought weâ€™d see an additive effectâ€¦that in the more depressed people, the antidepressant really was what made the biggest difference.â€
There are some symptoms that indicate that you are suffering from depression. The symptoms issues by the National Institute of Health include anxious, or empty feelings, feeling hopeless, feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless, feeling irritable or restless, loss of interest in activities or hobbies once enjoyable, including sex, feeling tired all the time, difficulty concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, a condition called insomnia, or sleeping all the time, overeating or loss of appetite and thoughts of death and suicide or suicide attempts.