>>>>>A new study has looked at the relationship between lowering depression and heart disease. 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. According to the researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, effective treatment of depression can reduce a patient's heart risks to the same level as those who never had short-term depression. Researcher Heidi May, PhD, a cardiovascular epidemiologist, examined the possibility of a patient treated of depression having a reduced chances of developing heart disease.
Dr. May and her team studied
data compiled in Intermountain Healthcare's depression registry, a
database of more than 100,000 patients. The team used data from the 7,550 patients who had filled in at least two depression questionnaires over the course of 2 years. "There's little publically-available data about this question," Dr.
May said. "But now with the help of Intermountain's depression registry,
we have the ability to start answering some of these difficult
The results showed that individuals who were no longer depressed had
similar rates of heart disease as those who had never been depressed
(4.6% and 4.8%, respectively). However, in the group of individuals who
had become depressed during the study or remained depressed, the rates
of cardiac disease were higher (6% and 6.4%, respectively).
She further stated that future studies are needed to further answer these questions.Results of the study will be presented at the 2016 American College
of Cardiology Scientific Sessions in Chicago on April 2.