Stress and depression increase risk of death in heart disease patients by 48% according to new research. Researchers suggest that stress and depression together created a “perfect storm” for patients with coronary heart disease.
Coronary heart disease is a disease in which plaque builds up in the coronary arteries. Over time, the arteries could become narrowed and restrict blood flow to the heart. When blood to your heart is reduced or blocked, angina or heart attack can occur.
While previous studies have examined how stress and depression separately impact health negatively, this six-year study looked at patients with coronary heart disease who experienced both stress and depression together.
Patients with coronary heart disease were visited at home and questioned about stress and depression in their lives. Around 6% of the patients in the study reported both high levels of stress and depression.
Though there was no increased risk of heart attack or death if patients experienced either stress or depression separately, if you have coronary heart disease it’s imperative to reduce your stress and manage your depression. Talk to a health care professional to get the help you need.