A new study proves that depression might be lethal in the case of patients who have suffered from heart failure
Heart failure is an extremely dangerous condition that affects about 20 million people all over the world. This number is constantly increasing, given the lifestyle choices – such as an unhealthy diet, a polluted environment and the lack of physical activity that some people adopt and that contribute to heart failure.
In the U.S.A., 5.8 million people are affected by heart failure, with half a million new cases every year. One in four patients that have suffered from it are readmitted to the hospital within a month and one in two patients seek re-hospitalization within 6 months, making this the leading cause of hospital readmission.
The risk of death is incredibly high as well, with a 35 percent chance within the first year. A study, whose results will be presented at Heart Failure 2015, an annual meeting held in Seville, Spain, shows that people suffering from moderate to severe depression might run an even higher risk.
These people have five times more chances to die if they do not deal with the depression. Even moderate depression is dangerous, according to the experts.
The study also reveals that people who suffer only from heart failure, without experiencing any depression face an 80 percent lower risk of dying.
The study conducted by Professor John Cleland and his team from the department of cardiology at the Imperial College London analyzed the death rate of 154 patients who had been admitted to hospital with heart failure.
Those who were not depressed (103 patients) had a higher rate of survival in the following 300 days than the 27 people who suffered from a mild depression and the 24 patients who showed signs of moderate to severe depression. Depression was, therefore, listed as a major factor in the cause of their death.
Thus, it is important for these patients to recognize the signs of depression and to seek help, either in the form of counseling or medication.
It is not totally surprising that people who have had heart failure might be depressed, given the high risk of death after being hospitalized.
The lack of motivation in general can easily be translated as the loss of interest for fighting for your life. Depressed people often feel vulnerable, anxious, experience sleep problems and loss of appetite or overeating. They fail to find a purpose of life. Such tress factors and an unhealthy lifestyle can easily be regarded as causes for yet another heart failure and death.
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