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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
DEPRESSION AND HEART DISEASE. CAN YOU DIE OF A BROKEN HEART?
FOR CENTURIES, we have linked our love for another with our heart, health. In poetry, prose, music and movies, we have reinforced the notion that happiness and love keep a heart healthy, while loneliness and depression break it. A recent article in The Journal of the American Medical Association seems to support that assumption. In it, Mary Whooley, a physician at the University of California, San Francisco, discussed the evidence linking depression to heart disease. To me, it suggests that treating depression may lead to better heart health.

Here's how an unhealthy mental state might affect one's heart health:
BIOLOGICAL ISSUES.
Depression trigger biological systems that create a less helathy environment for the heart. Such physiological changes may heighten succeptibility to arrhythmias (abnormal heartheats), increase the inflammatory markers associated with cardiovascular disease and thicken blood, which raises clotting risk.

BEHAVIORAL ISSUES.
Derpressed patients with coronary disease are less likelu to follow dietary advice, less likely to exercise andless likely to take prescribed medicine.

Whooley was quick to point out that there is much more to learn about mental health's effect on heart health. Still, 20percent of people being treated for coronary artery disease and 33percent of those being treated for heart failure have depression. Many of these folks go undiagnoses or donot get adequate treatment. Whether treating their depression will improve their ability to manage heart disease is still being stuided, but one thing is certain: Treatment will improve their qualities of life.


(Source: USAWEEKENED by: Dr. Tedd Mithcell, president and medical director of Dallas Cooper Clinic)
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