A new research proves once again that our body is deeply influenced by our state of mind. According to the research patients who suffer from heart failure and at the same time suffer from depression have a five times enhanced risk of dying. The study was presented in Seville (Spain), at the annual meeting of HFA (the Heart Failure Association) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The study also suggested that people who suffer from heart failure, but are not depressed have an 80% lower risk of mortality.
Heart failure affects more than 20 million people around the world. The cases of heart failure are multiplied by unhealthy lifestyles such as ignoring physical activities, eating unhealthy food and living in a polluted environment. In the US 5.8 million people suffer from this condition and the number increases with half a million each year. Moreover it is one of the main reasons why hospital readmission occurs.
The lead author if the research was John Cleland, professor of cardiology from the Imperial College London. The team of researcher led by him monitored 154 patients who were hospitalized and suffered from heart disease. 103 of the participants did not suffer from depression, 27 of them had mild depression and the rest of 24 suffered from moderate to severe depression.
After observing their evolutions over 302 days the researchers noted that 27 of the participants died. The persons who had moderate to severe depression were exposed to a higher risk of death with one in five of the participants having died in less than a year.
Cleland said that this research indicates there is a strong link between depression and the mortality risk in the year after the patient was discharged from the hospital. The link is likely to last more than one year.
Their findings indicate that recognizing depression and receiving counseling on time can noticeably help reducing the risk of death in heart failure patients. Although there might be other factors which contribute to the enhanced risk of mortality, depression remains an essential factor which should be managed.
People who show signs of depression should seek the doctor’s help who can either prescribe medication or therapy. The most obvious sign of depression is the lack of interest and motivation in any kind of activity. Other signs include vulnerability, anxiety, loss of appetite and sleep problems.
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