New research shows that depression has negative effects on the heart.
Wired PR News.com – Research has provided evidence that depression increases one’s risk of developing heart complications. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), research from Columbia University released on Monday showed that depression may lead to heart disease.
The study was conducted on 63,000 women who did not exhibit signs of heart disease at the beginning of the study. A percentage of the women did however show signs of severe depression. Those with depression had a two times greater risk of sudden cardiac death, as well as heart disease. Possible reasons for the differences include the use of antidepressants and the effect of depression on individuals’ motivation to take good care of themselves. As noted by the AP, the American Heart Association recommended last year that individuals with heart disease receive regular depression screenings.
The 12-year study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on Monday.