Depression is bad for the heart: studies find unexplained link between depression and heart disease

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Feeling down all the time is very bad not only for your brain, but also for the the entire body.
Depression was found to trigger low-grade inflammatory process, excessive production of stress-hormone cortisol and activation of the blood cells called platelets that increases risks for blood clotting.
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In many cases, depression goes hand-in-hand with heart problems. Specialists say that nearly one-fifth of patients with heart disease are really depressed.
It was found that being upset all the time increases risks of heart rhythm problems by nearly a third. One research has also shown that those, who live with cardiovascular disease and depression are twice as likely to die prematurely.
It’s not clear enough, whether depression predicts cardiovascular issues, or heart problems occur first.

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Dr. Victor Okunrintemi, who has conducted two studies in order to understand complicated connections of these two health disorders, says that depression is usually a risk marker for heart-related problems. It means that those, who suffer cardiovascular disease, are much more likely to have depression than others.
In his study, Dr.Okunrintemi with team looked at experiences, use of resources, healthcare costs and expenditure of patients with and without medically-diagnosed depression.
People were asked to answer the questions about their health.

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