Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Heart disease and depression

Depression is approximately three times more common in people with heart problems than in the general population and as many as 20% of heart patients meet the criteria for major depression with younger women in particular being at high risk. Depression is linked with increased morbidity and mortality, lower rates of cardiac rehabilitation and a poorer quality of life. The American Psychiatric Association has called for routine and frequent screening for depression in patients with chronic heart disease; help for patients with depression by a professional qualified to diagnose, and manage treatment for, depression; careful monitoring of patients to ensure adherence to their treatment plan and better coordination between healthcare professionals treating patients with combined medical and mental-health diagnoses.

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1 comment:

Elite Health said...

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the nation's single leading cause of death for both men and women. At least 58.8 million people in this country suffer from some form of heart disease.

And on the whole, cardiovascular diseases (the combination of heart disease and stroke) kill some 950,000 Americans every year.

Still, there are many misconceptions about heart disease: "The biggest misconception is that heart disease only happens to the elderly," said Elizabeth Schilling, CRNP with the Center for Preventive Cardiology Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

In fact, according to the American Heart Association, almost 150,00 Americans killed by cardiovascular disease each year are under the age of 65. And one out of every 20 people below the age of 40 has heart disease.

So, it is now a wise decision to keep a constant monitoring of your health. Why to take a chance if we have the option. I was in the similar misconception that heart disease are far away waiting for me to get aged. But to my surprise, I was found to be having a calcium deposit in my coronary arteries. I need to have my advance diagnostic scans due reassure whether something really deadly is waiting for me. Though it was some dreadful going on in my life, but I never felt any kind of discomfort in advanced diagnostic facility. They were having some of the latest diagnostic equipments and non invasive techniques which made me feel safe.