Women Depression and Heart Disease

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/

13 Comments Add yours

  1. da-AL says:

    Great info. It is an important reminder that we’re all meant to be happy and to live fulfilled lives

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    1. Garima says:

      It’s something almost all of us have in common. The desire to live a more balanced life. As wives and mothers and single women, we wake up each morning with a thousands things on our to do list. We are pulled in so many different directions. Sometimes it feels like we’ll never be able to get it all done. Often have I said, “There’s just not enough time in the day. But guess selfcare is important.

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  2. davesmith100 says:

    depression is so common stress plays a factor and also whether you are happy within your own life. even when you are happy in life you may still be depressed. what is the root cause of depression would be a good thing to know.

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    1. Garima says:

      It’s often said that depression results from a chemical imbalance, but that figure of speech doesn’t capture how complex the disease is. Research suggests that depression doesn’t spring from simply having too much or too little of certain brain chemicals. Rather, there are many possible causes of depression, including faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetic vulnerability, stressful life events, medications, and medical problems. It’s believed that several of these forces interact to bring on depression.

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      1. davesmith100 says:

        I think life makes people depressed :-0 it’s like groundhog Day almost sometimes. you end up having the same routine.

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      2. Garima says:

        Hahaha it’s upto us to make or break our lives.

        Like

    1. Garima says:

      Thank you for the sharing.

      Like

  3. Thank you for this post and for sharing such vital information. I will be saving this for future reading as a 38 year old diagnosed at 18 with depression / anxiety, suffered a heart attack at 37 and just had my first stent fitted for CAD (coronary artery disease as it’s known in the UK). x

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    1. Garima says:

      Take Care.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. gpavants says:

    Garima,

    Coming off quarantine has seen a rise is this, right? I pray folks get the help they need.

    Thank you,

    Gary

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Yes Gary. Fingers crossed. Hoping for the best.

      Liked by 1 person

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