A heart attack occurs when an artery that supplies blood and oxygen to the heart becomes blocked. This can be caused by cholesterol, which contributes to the formation of plaques that clog arteries.
Symptoms of depression increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. These are the conclusions scientists came to in a study.
Specialists from Cambridge University analyzed the medical records of more than half a million people who had no history of heart disease and circulatory problems.
The study was based on a questionnaire survey. Scientists analyzed people’s moods for signs of depression. The results were divided into five groups based on the severity of the symptoms.
Ten years later, the researchers found that people who were most severely depressed were more likely to develop heart disease or have had a stroke.
For example, the group of people with severe symptoms of depression had 21 cases of heart disease per 1,000 people over a 10-year period. In people with better mental condition recorded 14 cases per 1000 people.
It is noted that the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke was calculated taking into account all factors, such as age, sex, smoking, a history of diabetes, blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels.
Recall that scientists at the Australian Center for Precision Health at the University of South Australia found that depression causes 22 different diseases. As noted, depressive disorder causes coronary heart disease, asthma, esophagitis, gastroenteritis and urinary disorders. Experts came to this conclusion after studying the data of 337,536 people using genetic analysis (MR-PheWAS-analysis).