Earlier this year, the American Heart Association announced that depression should be considered a risk factor for heart disease.
A recent study from the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that young women who suffer from moderate or severe depression are more likely to have a higher heart disease death risk compare to women who are mentally healthy.
The study interviews over 3,000 people who were known or suspected of having a heart disease. The average age of the participants was 62.5 and they were followed for almost three years.
At the end of the survey period, the researchers found that women who were 55 and younger were 2x more likely to suffer a heart attack, diet and have a heart disease if they had moderate or severe depression.
This study shows that if detected early enough, then other health risks can be prevented from occurring. It also makes us more aware that there is an increase risk and that people who are depressed should be more conscious about their health than people who are mentally healthy.
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