Depression is twice as common in women than in men. Women who are depressed are more than 2x times as likely as women who are not depressed to experience sudden cardiac death. Women suffering from depression are at risk of heart disease 2-3 times more than women who are not depressed.
The risk of developing depression increases in women with diabetes and women who don’t exercise regularly. The same is true in women with a history of angina. Depression makes it difficult for women to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), often used interchangeably with heart disease, generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect the heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.
Women with high levels of depression are likely to be obese or to smoke – major risk factors for heart disease. CVD healthcare providers typically have a low awareness of mental health issues and may not accurately diagnose or treat depression in the majority of CVD patients.
Some signs and symptoms of depression include :
- Little interest or pleasure in doing things
- Trouble falling or staying asleep/sleeping too much
- Felling down, depressed or hopeless
- Feeling tired or having little energy
- Poor appetite or overeating
- Feeling bad about yourself
- Trouble concentrating and
- Thoughts of hurting yourself or that you would be better off dead
Talk with your today if you experience more than two of the above symptoms.
Reference : https://www.womenheart.org/blog/