Depression is a known risk factor for heart disease.Improving its symptoms an reduce risk of major cardiovascular problems, a new study finds
A team of US researchers has found that effectively treating depression can reduce a person’s risk of cardiovascular problems – stroke, heart failure, heart attack or death.
The researchers found effective treatment for depression can reduce a patient’s heart risks to the same level as those who never had short-term depression.
“With the help of past research, we know depression affects long-term cardiovascular risks, but knowing that alleviating the symptoms of depression reduces a person’s risk of heart disease in the short term, too, can help care providers and patients commit more fully to treating the symptoms of depression,” she added.
“The key conclusion of our study is: If depression isn’t treated, the risk of cardiovascular complications increases significantly,” May stated.
The team compiled information from 7,550 participants, who completed at least two depression questionnaires over the course of one to two years.
They were categorised based on the results of their survey as never depressed, no longer depressed, remained depressed, or became depressed.