Increased depression ups heart risk

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According to a new study from Intermountain Healthcare, nearly 40% of patients in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic reported new or continuing symptoms of depression — a problem that could escalate into physical health problems in the future.

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why it matters: The study, presented later this week at the American Heart Association’s Virtual 2021 Scientific Sessions, warns that future increases in heart concerns could be linked.

description: The study examined 4,633 Intermountain Healthcare patients who completed standard primary care depression screening.

  • The study found nearly four in 10 symptoms of depression during the first year of the pandemic, with increased feelings of depression compared to before the pandemic.
  • Looking at electronic health record data, they also found that people with depression visited ED at a 3.5 times higher rate for anxiety and at a 2.7 times higher rate for anxiety with chest pain than non-depressed people. visited.

Bottom-line: The high prevalence of depression is a sign of potentially bigger issues that could be coming, said Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at Intermountain.


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