Heart patients could be at a high risk of depression
According to the American Heart Association, people with heart disease have a high risk of depression. Living with heart disease is not easy. Having an episode of heart attack can be devastating for many people. Temporary feelings of sadness are normal and most people get back to their normal routine within a few weeks. But if these feelings persist beyond a few weeks, this can have serious impact on the quality of life.
Heart attack patients are three times more likely to suffer from depression than their healthy counterparts. Studies have found that 15-20% of patients hospitalised with heart attack show signs of depression. People with depression often forget to take their prescribed medications, have a poor diet, forget to exercise and in general, do not stick to a heart healthy lifestyle. About 16 million people have heart disease in the U.S., including 8.1 million who have suffered a heart attack.
The persent recommendations suggest that people with heart disease should be screened for depression by their doctor. Those showing signs of mood disorder should be referred to a mental health professional. Proper management of depression can help the person to return to their normal routine and significantly reduces the chances of a second episode of heart attack.