April 28, 2014

Moderate to severe depression increases the risk of heart failure by 40 per cent, a study of nearly 63,000 Norwegians has shown.

According to the author of the study, Use Tuset Gustad, "Depression triggers stress hormones. If you're stressed you feel your pulse going up and your breath speeding up. Those stress hormones also induce inflammation and atherosclerosis, which may accelerate heart diseases." She goes on to say that, "Depression is disabling. It blocks people's ability to take their medications as prescribed, stop smoking, improve their diet or exercise more. Patients at all hospitals should be screened for depression to help them recover from existing illnesses, avoid developing new ones and have a more enjoyable life."