Is there a correlation between heart disease and depression?

August 8, 2019

Heart disease and depression are common conditions and both can significantly affect your quality of life. However, studies have shown that these two conditions often occur simultaneously in the same individual.

Heart Disease and Depression: What’s the connection?

A percentage of people with no history of depression develop depression after being diagnosed with heart disease or heart failure. On the other hand, depressed people with no history of heart disease may seem to develop a heart condition at a higher rate compared to the general population. 

When a heart attack can lead to depression

A heart attack or a heart failure diagnosis can have other effects on the person aside from the heart itself. It can cause:

  • A change in attitude or mood
  • Mixed feelings (mostly uncertainty) about the future
  • Reduced confidence in one’s role in the family and workplace
  • Self-doubt as a result of limited physical abilities

All these factors can play a role in the development of depression. 

Emotional stress as a factor in coronary artery disease

Both emotional stress and depression were recently considered as risk factors for coronary artery disease. There are certain lifestyle factors among some depressed individuals that can lead to heart disease. These include being sedentary, smoking, poor eating habits, and excessive alcohol consumption.

If you’re recovering from heart disease and experiencing debilitating emotions and thoughts, it’s important to include psychological help as part of your recovery plan. And if you’re suffering from depression, it’s important to seek help to prevent health complications like heart disease. 

NeurOasis offers TMS therapy, a noninvasive procedure that can help patients with anxiety and depressive disorders. For more information, you can contact us at (520) 338-2557.