London: The depression or anxiety that you feel has a lot more impact on your health and especially on your heart than you think.
A latest study has found that even mild depression or anxiety increases the risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases and other causes.
The British researchers also say that greater depression increases the chances of death from a heart disease.
Tom Russ, lead researcher and a clinical research fellow at the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Center of the University of Edinburgh, says, “The fact that an increased risk of mortality was evident, even at low levels of psychological distress, should prompt research into whether treatment of these very common, minor symptoms can reduce this increased risk of death.”
The study is published in the recent online journal of BMJ and the research team analyzed 10 studies of men and women enrolled in the Health Survey for England from 1994 to 2004. The data of 65000 people, who were aged 35 or more, were observed.
The purpose of the study was to find the connections between chronic psychological distress and the risk of dying from heart disease or any other disease.
This type of data analysis is known as meta-analysis. In this, researchers try to find a pattern from different studies.
After analyzing eight years, the result showed that even mild depression or anxiety impacts the heart’s condition and overall health and it can also be fatal.
But that does not mean that people with psychological disorder start thinking that it is the end of their life.
Dr. Glyn Lewis, a professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the University of Bristol in England and author of an accompanying journal editorial, said, “if we can reduce the psychological impact, then this should reduce the biological response”.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psychological treatment designed to improve the way people respond in stressful conditions. He said, “This might help people with [clinical] depression, but there is no evidence that this might help the much larger numbers of people who have low-level symptoms that are below the diagnostic threshold for depression.”
Anti depressant can also be helpful but excessive use of them is harmful for the heart, some studies have shown.
According to Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of California, many studies have shown a connection between stress and heart diseases but so far there is no evidence of lower risk of heart diseases with the treatment of anxiety or depression.