Many people think that the body and mind are two separate things, that the mind can’t affect the body. Whether that’s true or not, I can’t say. But what researches do say is that heart failure patients are under significantly more risk of death, about five times more, if they suffer from depression after being discharged from the hospital. These findings were shown at the yearly meeting of the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), in Seville, Spain.
To reduce mortality rates among heart failure patients, it might be wise to screen for depression among heart failure patients. After, counseling and holistic medicine can be used to fight off the mental condition, along with medication, researchers suggested.
The Depression Factor
John Cleland, Cardiology Professor of the Imperial College London and the chief investigator of the study said “Our research clearly shows a strong association between depression and risk of death in the year after discharge from hospital. We expect that the link persists beyond one year.”
Out of the participating heart failure patients of the study, 103 were free of depression while 51 were suffering from depression. Out of the 51 suffering from depression, 27 had mild cases while 24 had moderate to severe cases. In the 302-day follow-up period, 27 of the patients died. It was here that researchers saw that patients with moderate to severe depression were five times more likely to die compared to those with mild or n depression.