According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, there is a link between exercise and heart disease risk in patients dealing with depression. While depression is thought of as an emotional issue, there are also physical effects of depression. In fact, as many as 20 percent of people hospitalized with a heart attack report symptoms of depression, while patients with heart disease have three times the risk of developing depression compared to the general population.
Researchers evaluated 965 individuals who didn’t have heart disease or any sort of depression. They utilized questionnaires to look at the people’s mental state and their exercise levels, as well as looking for indicators of future heart disease. Researchers found arterial stiffening and inflammation–the early heart disease indicators–that accompany worsening depressive symptoms were more pronounced in people who were inactive. The indicators were less common in subjects engaging in regular physical activity.
While the correlation is more indirect, it still helps point future studies in the direction to help guide patients with depression that have indicators of potential heart disease.
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